A ground-breaking building for Melbourne's Docklands
A 1,000 square metre park will welcome staff and visitors to the new Medibank building in Melbourne's Docklands, currently being designed by HASSELL for developer Cbus Property.
The park will be the main arrival point for Medibank and act as a gateway to the entire precinct. It will feature a multi-purposecourt, entertainment area and an 'edible' garden for Medibank's staff.
The building will be triangular in shape and clad in planted green walls. The shape is conceived from two side core buildings that merge around a central atrium to bring in light to all levels. External terrace spaces and planting accentuate the tower form of the building.
HASSELL Melbourne Managing Principal Ingrid Bakker said the building would be a landmark adjacent to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium and the elevated footbridge that links the stadium to Southern Cross station.
"It will also be a great place to work," she said. "Medibank provided an inspirational brief based on its 'for better health' brand. They want a building that promotes employee health and encourages healthy lifestyles, a workplace that serves as an exemplar of a healthy work environment.
"Our design responds to the brief, creating a workplace that employees will want to work in."
Medibank will occupy 30,000 square metres and other tenants a total of 16,000 square metres in the 20 storey building. HASSELL are also designing the interior of the floors occupied by Medibank.
"The workplace design will be carefully tailored to the way people at Medibank want to work," said Ingrid Bakker. "It will foster teamwork and collaboration and allow very efficient use of the space.
"The design process has been very collaborative with HASSELL, Cbus Property and Medibank all working towards a shared vision – a fantastic workplace in a beautiful, sustainable building that brings new life and energy to Docklands."
Medibank is scheduled to move in to its new headquarters in 2014.
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