Together WMK and Urbis developed a new strategic approach to working that resulted in a National Workplace Strategy and a National Urbis Vision. After being implemented in Sydney, WMK were challenged with delivering a new Brisbane workplace that embodied the National Urbis Vision while celebrating the unique culture and personality of the Brisbane office. WMK conducted additional staff consultation and workshops which lead to an agile workplace design that reflects the Urbis community.
As city designers, it was important to Urbis that their new workplace flowed organically and logically and showcased their core business. WMK applied urban planning strategies to the Front of House reception and event space to create a vibrant town square that can hold multiple events, training, meetings and staff lunches simultaneously, creating the beating heart of the office.
The connecting stair leads into the Innovation Hub with diverse working zones such as display and layout tables and Interactive AV options providing a collaborative studio environment to encourage creativity and out-of-box thinking
The core guiding principle identified in the Urbis National Strategy of Natural Urbanism was layered into the workplace and given localised inflections. Oversized subtropical plants reflect the Brisbane climate and the use of natural materials such as concrete and steel embraces the city environment Urbis work and live in.
WMK successfully implemented Urbis’ workplace strategy into the Brisbane office and applied innovative design solutions to create a space that supports how Urbis work and proudly reflects who they are. The workplace offers a variety of social, event and collaboration spaces to encourage multifaceted interaction between Urbis, their consultant and client. The fully agile ‘Homebase model’ developed for Urbis supports their workstyle requirements and offers flexibility in ‘where’ and ‘how’ they work individually and within teams. The new Brisbane workplace embodies the National Urbis Vision while celebrating the culture and personality of the Brisbane office.