For this groundbreaking project, Darragh O’Brien, founding director of EBD, worked with peckvonhartel architects to design two new Workplace pilot projects for the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet. Located at 1 National Circuit, Barton and Centraplaza, 16 Bowes Place, Woden ACT, the department intend to use these pilots to inform all future fitouts.
The aim of this project was to create a real-world protospace; a physical environment that could adapt, support and shape an evolving, organic workplace. A range of experimental ideas were tested in the protospace to inform a final brief for wider implementation.
The protospace was developed through an intensive series of co-design workshops, where concerns were addressed, ownership encouraged and ideas tested. The workplace strategy became a scaffold for a series of attractors: a shared Project Lab, Recreation Area and Quiet Zone, each designed as permeable territories within a fluid, open space; promoting higher levels of activity and spontaneous collaboration.
The post-occupancy response has been overwhelmingly positive, with workplace satisfaction lifting from 33% to 88%. As one leader remarked:
“I previously spent around 10% of my time out of my office, with the team in an activated environment.
I now prefer stepping out of an activated environment 10% of the time, rather than stepping into one.”
June 13, 2018