The shared core and facility spaces gives the potential for one or many businesses to occupy the building. As working practices continue to evolve, the new office layouts enable businesses to expand or adapt over time. False ceilings are removed to give generous 2.8 – 3.14 metre floor-to-ceiling heights. This lends a warehouse aesthetic to the offices by exposing the natural beauty of the concrete soffits.
Ground floor plan
The challenge was to create a contemporary building that could work within the historic warehouse context, and to re-use the existing concrete frame to ensure a lower carbon footprint and cost for the client.Jay Williams, Project Architect
The recessed fifth floor softens the new office building’s street presence.
Tabernacle Street offices are designed to be fully accessible to all. Level access is created by removing steps at the main entrance. The second entrance on Platina Street lead to shared employee areas. These are furnished with a shower room for cyclists, accessible toilet, bicycle parking that include stands for ambulant disabled employees, as well as charging stations for two mobility scooters.
Healthy workplace design
Employee wellbeing and environmentally sustainable practices were at the core of the design. The low impact solution of re-using the concrete structure is further supported by the addition of a light weight sedum roof to help filter city air and bat boxes to enhance biodiversity, while solar PV panels on the roof contribute a renewable source of energy. The addition of shower rooms and bicycle storage give employees the option of choosing a healthy, less stressful and more environmentally friendly commute.