Bates Smart Designs Next Gen Workplace for Hub Australia

Bates Smart once again proved their unparalleled reputation for excellent delivery of architecture, interior and urban design as they crafted the new office for the premium co-working operator Hub Australia. The space is located at Australia’s first skyscraper, Orica House.

Previously known as ICI House, the 19-storey iconic Melbourne skyscraper with a glazed curtain wall sprawls over 2,775 square metres. The building was designed by Bates Smart McCutcheon in 1958 and has now significantly set the precedent for modern vertical workplace design. It continues to be a highly sought-after workplace due to its slim, flexible floorplates and classic design.

Bates Smart Director Kellie Payne says, “The original design of ICI House was the inspiration for Hub Parliament Station with its human-centric, forward-thinking approach to how people work.” The workplace design indeed showcases the office tower’s flexibility to accommodate contemporary ways of working, even after 60 years later. Also, the building’s historical significance was courteously preserved that highlighted the ambiance of hospitality.

Known as Hub Parliament Station, Hub Australia’s new co-working space reflects the seamless transition from the base building’s mid-century classic design to fit-out with features such as a custom glazed brick referencing the unique waffle slab, which will be exposed as the ceiling finish.  Adding to the interest are the expansive office windows that allow natural light to flood the spaces. The building offers incredible sights of Melbourne, including the Parliament Gardens, the Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition building in the background.

Flexible, open plan workspaces, breakout zones, individual rooms, boardrooms, lounge, fitness centre or cafés - name it, Orica House has it! Hub Parliament Station is undeniably a new space which can deliver a premium co-working experience in an exceptional Melbourne CBD location.

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