When WT Partnership relocated behind the bustling Barangaroo precinct in Sydney, the international award-winning cost management and consultancy firm wanted to be closer to clients. The firm also wanted to challenge their current working culture by creating an office that looked nothing like an office.
Already receiving critical acclaim globally, the 5 star-designed workplace crafted by PDM International is a mountainous landscape that combines biophilic design with activity-based working ideologies. A strategic briefing process identified 12 guiding principles for the blueprint such as fostering WT’s ‘one family’ vision and creating an interconnected environment that encourages interaction and knowledge sharing.
The result is a rainforest-inspired space led by an undulating ribbon of unassigned workstations. The continuous desk weaves through a variety of agile environments such as the central innovation hub, cocooned privacy sanctuaries, the oceanic social hub, and media bars – where users can access Humanscale Liberty Mesh bar stools.
The continuous desk is made up of bespoke joinery and nodes of customised Krossi workstations featuring recycled timber tops. Australian made, green credentials and bespoke cable management attributing to their procurement; literally only one cable is exposed at each work point.
“Fully resolved cable management is increasingly important in agile environments where people demand ‘plug and play’ solutions. The result devised in collaboration with Schiavello was intuitive and clean,” says Michelle Viret, Associate Director, PDM International.
Encouraging movement also important to improving staff health and wellbeing, a proportion of desks are height-adjustable. Furthermore, the inclusion of custom planter boxes supports the idea to connect nature with man-made environments.
“We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new workplace which represents our innovative future. It encapsulates our values and provides an agile space that encourages openness, trust and a sense of belonging,” says Gary Mayor, WT Partnership Associate.