Occupying a one-hectare block at the western edge of the CBD, Westpac Place is the new financial hub for Westpac, catering for a population of more than 5000. Johnson Pilton Walker were selected as architects through an invited design competition conducted under the Sydney City Council Design Excellence guidelines.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Looking Down (4)
Looking south west over Darling Harbour from one of the upper floors of the brand spanking new Westpac Place. The white building in the centre is the National Maritime Museum.
The fit-out of the large, flexible floor plates of the office levels of Westpac Place were jointly designed and developed through a collaboration between HASSELL and Geyer. The design concept applied the lessons of successful cities to the vertical community. An open internal stairway links 27 of the 32 floors, helping create a sense of connection and community. The floors are grouped into ‘quarters’ as in a city – a three-floor planning philosophy defines each specifically designed quarter and each has a range of facilities including cafes dispersed throughout.
Westpac Place has been designed to achieve best practice performance for energy, greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental initiatives.