Location: Brisbane City
bureau^proberts’ new premises occupy the ground level of the culturally significant former Australian Government Centre in the Brisbane CBD. The new tenancy utilizes a formerly unused entry as a dedicated new street address, and takes advantage of the adjacent Anzac Square by extending the length of the park to maximise natural light access. An innovative fitout within the historical building, responding to the opportunities and challenges this presents, the design reflects the values of bureau^proberts. An open-plan work environment, meeting rooms are modern insertions within the high-ceilinged heritage space, contrasting with the existing building fabric. Materials and detailing clearly differentiate the new from the old. The entry and boardroom spaces are designed to be a flexible `gallery space’ which is able to be manipulated to accommodate different types of installations and functions. An integrated art installation reflects the contribution of the practice to the built fabric of Brisbane.
The fitout has been designed to achieve 5 star Greenstar Office Interiors certification. Achieving Greenstar Interiors certification within a non-rated heritage base building presented particular challenges. Mechanical services have been modified to increase fresh air intake, whilst energy use is minimised throughout through the electrical and mechanical design. Low VOC materials, staff and visitor bicycle facilities, ongoing waste recycling and energy monitoring, are all incorporated. bureau^proberts have significantly reduced materials use through the extensive re-use and recycling of joinery from the former premises.
Consistent with the values of the practice, the finished project will also incorporate two innovative products developed by the practice for incorporation into the office; a mobile storage unit, and a sculptural planter system to improve indoor air quality. Both will be manufactured from recycled materials, and available in the wider marketplace.