Australia Post Shared Services, Ground-up

Location West Melbourne VIC
Project Completion 2002
Project Description The Australia Post Ground floor fit-out for Shared Services, named ‘Ground Up’ by Post staff, accommodates 130 people. Relocating from an existing first floor office, from which the ground floor is accessed. The ground floor, which is partly below grade and has limited natural light, was formerly used as a carpark. Post’s brief required that the design overcome the dilemma posed by perceived functional and environmental disadvantages associated with the move ‘downstairs’. The design utilizes a radical organic plan with no enclosed offices. All staff are accommodated in workstations arranged in clustered groups of 2 to 8 people. Stations are separated by informal circulation paths linking the key functional elements, and offering a meandering ‘route’, contrasting with the formality of the symmetrical column grid.