Aurecon provides timber design to create a connection to nature and lower carbon footprint to the Adelaide office.


Aurecon Adelaide Office Refurbishment, Australia

Timber used to create a connection to nature and lower carbon footprint

As leaders in the design of timber buildings, Aurecon sought to incorporate the biophilic and sustainability benefits of timber into the new interior fit-out of its Adelaide office.

Seeking a contemporary and functional workspace that promotes well-being and draws people into newly created collaboration areas, Aurecon demonstrated what could be achieved through repurposing existing spaces and showcasing timber as a sustainable and natural building material.

Aurecon has amassed an enviable track record in successful timber design over the past 35 years, including designing Australia's tallest commercial timber building, 25 King, Australia's tallest residential timber building, Monterey Apartments and one of the world's largest timber buildings, Nanyang Technological University Academic Building South in Singapore.

Timber – the most sustainable building material

Timber is the only truly renewable mainstream building material, delivering sustainability and environmental benefits while sequestering carbon.

Sustainably-sourced Australian timbers, including Radiata Pine, Wormy Chestnut, Spotted Gum and Tasmanian Oak, were used for the office’s ceilings, column cladding, walls, stairs, doors and door furniture, and handrails. A focal point of the project is the innovative ‘floating’ timber staircase constructed using cross-laminated timber. It appears suspended from structural glass, providing the heart of connection across the three levels.

The engineered timber has a lower carbon footprint than traditional building materials, and allows precise offsite prefabrication and faster, safer, cleaner and quieter construction onsite, producing less waste. It promotes connection to nature and well-being for staff and clients, attracting people back to the workplace as a hub for collaboration, creation and connectivity.

Timber fosters human connection to nature and each other

Based on Aurecon’s key design principle of providing an environment that supports the health and well-being of its people, the challenge was to create a sustainable design that puts people and how they use spaces at the heart. The Adelaide office fit-out was inspired by Aurecon’s head office in Brisbane, 25 King, which showcases timber throughout its internal spaces.

Infused with the principle of ‘biophilia’, the Adelaide office interior fit-out meets the innate human need to connect with nature by featuring timber elements to foster a healthy, happy and productive workplace.

Timber represents a warmer interior aesthetic, maximising the psychological benefits and connection with the outdoors.

Creating spaces where people want to spend time and engage with others, inevitably leads to a more collaborative and innovative workforce.

An interior space repurposed through timber

To effectively incorporate timber’s biophilic benefits, Aurecon integrated timber materials into both working and collaboration areas. Timber is showcased as a key element in delivering flexible working spaces and collaboration areas that are so critical to encouraging people back to their post-COVID-19 workplace.

The exposed timber staircase at the heart of the fit-out leads staff and clients to connect with each other in open, communal spaces with meeting spaces bathed in natural light.

Timber was chosen for its lightweight properties to ensure the staircase appears to ‘float’ in space and time. It also delivers a highly sustainable building material that is low carbon, low waste, aesthetically attractive, highly energy efficient and cost effective.

The focus for the fit-out was creating innovative spaces that connect to the communities we serve. Aurecon’s tenancy celebrates timber and creates a contemporary and creative studio environment.

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