Location: Melbourne, Australia
Completion Year: 2010
Designer: HASSELL and Lend Lease Design-Architects in Collaboration
Photographer: Peter Bennetts, Earl Carter
Area: 130,000 m²
ANZ Centre, designed by HASSELL and Lend Lease Design, is one of the most open and permeable banking headquarters in the world. Rarely - if ever before - has a bank invited the public into the heart of its workplace.
This “urban campus” is the next generation in design for collaboration and flexibility with most floor space dedicated to shared, interactive activity to enable the incidental connections that are so critical to today’s knowledge
economy. Incorporating a raft of first-time green initiatives, the building is also a global environmental and social sustainability benchmark.
Located in Melbourne’s Docklands, the building’s fluid forms are inspired by its riverside setting and the external colour palette is derived from nature, ranging from earth tones at ground level to light blue sky references at the
upper levels. The materials, and detailing of the building architecture reflect Melbourne’s urban character. Recycled timber cladding provides a link to the maritime past of the precinct and a green wall along the eastern elevation links the building to Docklands Park.
Despite its large scale, ANZ Centre provides an opportunity to make small-scale engagements with its local community. The building form steps down to engage with the waterfront and operate as a permeable extension of
the existing urban precinct. Large floors at lower levels with smaller floors at upper levels allows for changing floor to-floor character within the building.
This ‘“urban campus” design concept is focused around a central publicly accessible daylight-flooded “common”. The scale and complexity of the space allows it to operate like a microcosm of the city itself - with plazas, laneways, streets and formal and informal meeting places. Cafés, public art, a visitor centre and community event spaces
all contribute to creating a lively community hub. The use of timber evokes the metaphor of driftwood on river banks, echoing the external façades. Blue stone paving on the common echoes Melbourne’s famous blue
stone paved lane ways and further helps to bring the city’s public realm into the interior.
1. The façade is in recycled timber cladding
2. The design uses earth tones at ground level and light blue sky references at the upper levels
3. The use of timber inside echoes the external façades
5. Informal meeting space
6. View to 'Grow' hub
7. Work space
8. 'Create' hub environment
9. View to 'Play' hub