Photographer - Designwell
The brief called for a new facility that would bring more closely together the four business units that make up the Foster Group. The desire was for a building aesthetic which provided a tangible experience of its construction. This requirement was realised with the use of natural timber, exposed structural steel, raw concrete elements and exposed services.
The unique geometry of the site drove the design of a white rainscreen form to house the office space. Wedged as close as possible to the street this building element creates an impressive presence on Arthur Porter Drive and takes advantage of views overlooking the adjacent landscaped swale. The black clad form of the warehouse facilities sits compositionally recessed into the background. The thoughtful use of soft honest materials and careful landscaping help create a building which has a human scale in what is often a challenging typology.
The generous double height foyer with reception and café maintains visual connections to the upper floor meeting rooms above and uses tactile materials to create a space which is both impressive, yet unintimidating.
Foster's four business units work together in the open plan office, encouraging positive connections between staff and teams. Shared breakout spaces, meeting rooms, and a quiet room for focused work control the scale of the open plan spaces and encourage collaboration.