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Bligh Voller Nield’s Stockland House a Winner

Sydney’s Stockland House, as featured in indesign magazine February 2008, has just been awarded the inaugural AFR BOSS 2008 Space Award. Read an extract from the indesign feature article here.

Bligh Voller Nield’s Stockland House a Winner


March 14th, 2008

The building was unprepossessing, but the location was right and the challenge for Bligh Voller Nield in creating a quality new headquarters for Stockland was irresistable. Angela Ferguson investigates.

Stockland’s new headquarters in Sydney’s CBD had been subject to much speculation in design circles, for two main reasons – firstly, because of its impressive ESD initiatives and, secondly, because of its seemingly undesirable siting in what can only be described as a very second-rate building.

The choice of location, however, was fundamental to the success of the project and the site was selected because it is representative of the majority of buildings that Stockland has in its portfolio. An investigative workshop process conducted by Bligh Voller Nield (BVN) as part of the design brief nominated a tight CBD radius for the location of their new headquarters.

BVN were then involved in the assessment of available buildings, with Piccadilly at 133 Castlereagh Street chosen not for its pink marble foyer, but for its availability, location, and its large 1300m2 floor plates. It was also the perfect opportunity for Stockland to showcase the potential of their building stock and demonstrate what can be achieved when it comes to refurbishing these buildings.

BVN were excited by the challenge this project presented and the opportunity to make a non-iconic building into one that was contemporary and relevant. The first thing they did was address the public space at ground level by uncovering and accentuating some of the original design features, re-paving internally and externally with Sydney bluestone and creating a very clear view into the foyer.

Parts of the foyer had also recently been refurbished and these were left intact. There is also the dynamic inclusion of a ‘flip dot’ wall with imagery by graphic designer, Vince Frost. Old technology has been used in a modern way with the artwork becoming an integral and dynamic part of the experience of the space and more than just an image fixed to a left-over blank wall.

On entering the main reception floor of Stockland’s new home, the first thing you notice is an abundance of natural light through very clear high-performance glazing and the huge feeling of openness. This has been achieved largely via the insertion of an interconnecting stair offset by an 8.5 x 5.5 metre void and located just off the building’s perimeter glazing line.

The stair spans the eight floors of the tenancy and has been designed with an innovative fire-engineered solution of horizontal and vertical fire curtains used to create a sealed atrium within the void.

Read the whole feature article in indesign magazine Vol.32, in stores from February 2008.

Image courtesy of John Gollings


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