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Architectus Wins Competition to Redevelop the Global Headquarters of Qantas
28 March 2011
The competition winning design, led by Architectus Director Ray Brown, consolidates the four existing Qantas office buildings located near Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport. The project will rejuvenate the campus and give Qantas a world-class facility in keeping with their brand values as a global leader in aviation. It also provides improvements in sustainability and employee amenity which in turn benefits productivity.
The design proposes two main architectural interventions; a new ‘entry portal' and 'internal street' which will enhance the existing Qantas office accommodation - creating a modern, flexible and collaborative campus environment.
The triple-height volume and large glazed facade of the new ‘entry portal' consolidates the campus entrance whilst creating a new front-of-house experience consistent with that of other landmark Qantas destinations. The dynamic form of the new entry facade and over-sailing roof describe a progressive organisation, whilst restraint in material selection and expansive views into the interior space beyond describes the sophisticated, comfortable and professional environment within, a statement that communicates and enhances Qantas' brand identity.
The ‘internal street' is a four-storey volume between the buildings enclosed by a partly glazed roof. The new ‘street' will create a comfortable communal space, provide physical and visual connections between the existing buildings and incorporate a range of facilities to encourage activation of the space whilst fostering a sense of community and increased staff communication.