Located within the ‘Bushell’s Tea’ Building, the site forms part of ‘The Rocks’ heritage district and is of high state significance. The workplace solution for Havas is respectful of the heritage envelope. Spanning six levels, the floorplates are planned predominately as open plan workspace.
The introduction of cobble stone flooring within the ground floor lobby is a nod to the historical function of the space as a tea loading dock and reasserts the lobby as a laneway spanning between two buildings. It is here that the Havas experience begins with a large scale ‘H’ digital totem anchored on the ground floor plane spanning vertically 5M into the atrium space. The laneway is softened by loose furniture settings that provide impromptu meeting spaces for staff and guests to the building. Workstations are arranged in a pinwheel format to encourage organic circulation throughout the floors and are intersected by heritage tea chutes that span vertically through the levels. Design Nation was to provide a custom solution for the project. The Catena, new to the DNA range, is a customisable workstation which can be specified with a custom power access and data cut-out.
Award Winner 2019, Master Builders Association: Best Restoration/Adaptive Re-use of an Historic Building
Photography by Terence Chin