Green Office Building in Sydney Australia Redefines the Green Workplace
A stunning example of effective green building design, One Shelley Street is a 355,000-sq.ft. (33,000 sq.m.) commercial office building located in Sydney. Owned by Brookfield and constructed by Brookfield Multiplex, the 6-Star Green Star Office “Design” v2 and 6-Star Green Star Office “As Built” v2 building was completed in February 2009 in collaboration with the building’s sole tenant, Macquarie Group, Australia’s largest bank. The building comprises 2,300 sq.m. (24,750 sq.ft.) of retail on the ground level, five levels of underground parking, 10 levels of office accommodation and a central atrium.
The completion of One Shelley Street also marked the completion of Brookfield’s nine-year redevelopment of the King Street Wharf precinct. King Street Wharf is a neighborhood in the Sydney central business district, providing a waterfront location with commercial office space, residential, retail and restaurants.
The sole office tenant, Macquarie Group’s Banking and Financial Services group, was the driving force behind bringing a new way of working to One Shelley Street. This approach is called Activity Based Working (ABW). ABW is a program that challenges more traditional ways of working, by seeking to empower workers with the ability to choose a work setting that is most aligned to their particular needs for each day. Each floor also features a themed community space and a shared break-out area, accommodating up to 100 employees. A central staircase winds its way through the atrium connecting the different work zones, contributing to the focus on transparency, light and space. The atrium contains 26 cantilevered, cube-shaped meeting rooms that project over the atrium, with seating options ranging from traditional tables and chairs to more casual built-in benches.