WMK was engaged by the Logan City Council to design a connected, collaborative and flexible workplace within the newly constructed building at 96-98 York St, Beenleigh, QLD. The intent was to create a connected community for Logan Water by consolidating all staff from their existing workplaces into a single location, while being mindful of the fact that the project is publicly funded. WMK was tasked with creating a smooth transition for staff from a very traditional workplace to a more agile workplace that encourages in-office, cross-team connections over the 6 floors.
WMK engaged in multiple workshops with staff members to understand their aspirational and functional needs their new workplace. This led WMK to include a bright and inviting communal floor with generous outdoor balcony spaces, a large kitchen area and a variety of multi-functional spaces dedicated to encouraging staff to come together in a positive way. While the desk solution was to remain mostly allocated, the addition of centralised informal meeting spaces, quiet spaces, and innovation hubs on each floor aimed to motivate staff to engage in more frequent inter-team mingling. The conceptual design followed the Logan River’s journey from Bush to Bay. The materiality was inspired by the changing landscape of this journey and evolves over each level, providing a sense of identity while remaining cohesive with the company branding.
The final design creates an energizing and healthy workplace experience that facilitates cross team integration while retaining a positive balance with individual focused work. While being economical, this design provides a space for the community and staff to come together in a bright, dynamic and modernised space.