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Macquarie Bank / Clive Wilkinson Architects

  • 01:00 - 2 April, 2010
Macquarie Bank / Clive Wilkinson Architects
Macquarie Bank / Clive Wilkinson Architects, © Shannon McGrath
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From the architect. In 2006 we were selected to lead the design team, with Woods Bagot, as local excective architect, to implement a fit out for Macquarie that would complement their adoption of a new collaborative style: Activity-Based Working (ABW), a flexible work platform developed by Dutch consultant Veldhoen & Co. Our first idea was to open up and animate the ten-story atrium with 26 ‘meeting pods’, as a kind of celebration of collaboration, allowing clear lines of sight through the financial business.

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Numerous work zones surround the atrium, designed to house 100 employees each in adaptable neighborhoods. An arterial staircase links the zones forming a ‘Meeting Tree’, emblematic of the interconnectedness of Macquarie’s client relationships. The Main Street on Level 1 offers communal spaces that are highly conducive to corporate and philanthropic events and includes a café and dining areas. Within the office floors ‘Plazas’ were modeled after collaboration typologies—the Dining Room, Garden, Tree House, Playroom, and Coffee House, where cross-pollination among business groups is encouraged through spontaneous encounters.

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One Shelley Street has been designed to the highest levels of green star or LEED efficiency, using revolutionary technologies like harbor water cooling, chilled beams and zone controlled lighting. Overall energy consumption has been reduced by 50%. The interior staircase, linking the various neighborhoods, has reduced the use of the elevators by 50%. There has been a 78% reduction in paper storage needs and a 53% reduction in printing paper. Mail is scanned and distributed electronically, decreasing the need for storage. Employees have lockers in which to store personal addenda, and are deterred from creating paper waste, there's not a trash can in sight. The business benefit of ABW is the elimination of ‘churn’—the cost of moving groups and redefining spaces. Investing now meant savings in the future and Macquarie is providing an unmatched quality of life for its employees—benefiting clients, investors, shareholders and the environment.

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© Shannon McGrath

By October 2009 nearly all of the 3,000 employees had moved into the new building. Although activity-based work environments are not yet the norm, the acceptance level among Macquarie employees has soared beyond initial anticipation. Nearly 55% change their workspaces each day, and 77% are in favor of the freedom to do so. There has been an abandonment of stale business practices that are traditionally incubators of complacency. One Shelley Street is positioned to be a trailblazer for the new global sustainable office building.

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© Shannon McGrath
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c · April 14, 2013

Architects are designing human beings' behavior, helping people living a better life, more environmently friendly.

nestliving · September 29, 2011

what do you think of these "meeting pods" at Macquarie Bank (Clive Wilkinson Architects)? via @archdaily

apathy11 · November 29, 2010

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Verve Partnership · November 27, 2010

Macquarie Bank / Clive Wilkinson Architects | ArchDaily via @archdaily

cpaterso · October 14, 2010

RT @scil: MacqBank ShelleySt bldg in Sydney. Design supporting activity-based work. Schools can learn from this

SCIL · October 14, 2010

MacqBank ShelleySt bldg in Sydney. Outstanding design supporting activity-based work. Schools can learn from this

your mother · July 03, 2010

rip off!

steven ominde · April 10, 2010

i love the design am a student studying architecture,at the university of nairobi in kenya,i am really good at it.

yucki · April 09, 2010

it is a great place for working. It encourages people to communicate with each other.

Michelle · April 05, 2010

Lucky bankers..
I wish more offices looked more like this... I wouldn't mind waking up early :D

P · April 05, 2010

The problem of the copy it’s not the issue of the copy itself, as paradigm or as a philosophical thing, is that when the comparison comes up there´s always a better one, and in this case the Henning Larsen project in Copenhagen is way better than this one...!!!!

MM · April 04, 2010

Ouch, that hurts.

Sebastian · April 04, 2010

Do you guys really think ordinary people ask the question,'is this place original?' wherever they go?

A desperation for originality produced almost a century of alienating garbage, from which we are just recovering. Current architecture is connecting with people again precisely because it is building on and extending a modern tradition, not gestating conceptual embryos. We need to move on.

bLogHouse · April 05, 2010 09:25 AM

well, modern 'tradition' is about and defined by gestating new concepts. Being 'modern' means being new and original - different from the 'old'. Modernism and 'change' are intrinsically connected. Like it or not, striving for originality is inevitable, because all of us are brought up with the ideas of Modernism.

kos · April 03, 2010

IT univ. copenhagen unfortunately it's the very same thing.

Goldman Renders - Brian · April 03, 2010

This design concepts look really interesting! nice job! The ambience and natural illumination is great.

larpey · April 03, 2010

Great use of color. The actual finished product looks much better than the presentation. CWA needs better graphic production team.

ray · April 03, 2010

old concept man....

Richie · April 03, 2010 04:53 PM

Just about every architectural concept is 'old', it's how appropriate to the situation it is and how you implement it that counts.

Filip · April 03, 2010

Cool idea sad that it's totally copied from It university by Henning Larsen in Copenhagen

amr · April 03, 2010 02:54 AM

I too had seen this concept before but could not remember where.
Thanks for the link Filip.
Pity the 'millionaire's factory' as Macquarie Bank was known could not use that money for an architect with an original idea.

David Vega · April 03, 2010


bankers are wankers · April 03, 2010

Bankers don't deserve to work in buildings like this.

They should work in underground bunkers without natural light and walls made of lava.

Actually that sounds kinda cool too.

PatrickLBC · April 02, 2010

I agree, what an inspiring place to work! If I ever had to return to the 9-5 life, I'd like to work in an office like this.

Robin · April 02, 2010

I like this. A lot. Good, drawings that convey a good design. I would like to work here (except that I wouldn't want to be a banker).

(tfa) · April 02, 2010

nice work! very interesting the blocks over atrium... the ambience of interior, the lights and everythings.
But i think the textures are a little exaggerated sometimes.

Good project! Congratulations!


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