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Atlassian’s new Sydney timber workspace

Atlassian will be moving into a new HQ in Sydney which is being designed by New York firm SHoP Architects to be a 6-star NABERS and 6-Star Green Star rated multi-storey mass timber construction. Source: Timberbiz

Atlassian will take a 15-year lease with the tenancy to become Atlassian’s headquarters.

Designed by New York based SHoP Architects in partnership with Australian firm BVN, the building is focused on occupant wellbeing and comprises a hybrid timber tower, with each four-storey section to be known as “habitats”, that will have naturally ventilated areas throughout.

The tower is organized as six discrete but interconnected “habitats.” Each four-level habitat is a freestanding mass-timber construction supported within the efficient steel exoskeleton. A naturally ventilated zone, akin to an outdoor garden, is located at each level.

The tower is designed to reflect Atlassian’s core values around sustainability and workplace culture. According to SHoP Architects it will be the tallest commercial hybrid timber tower in the world and is at the leading edge in its application of carbon sequestering mass-timber construction.

The new building will be home to a youth hostel currently on the site, new public access to a preserved historic train shed, ample civic space and amenities, select retail and thousands of technology workers when complete.

The open garden spaces are key to the tower’s exceptional environmental innovation and diminished ecological footprint. Taking advantage of Sydney’s temperate climate, the operable facades allow large areas of each floor to function without mechanical cooling and air handling.

Together with the novel use of mass timber, the innovative facade enables the project to reduce carbon emissions by 50% over a 10-year period.

Dexus announced that it has entered into binding terms which provide a framework to fund, develop and invest in Atlassian’s new headquarters which will be located adjacent to the Central Place Sydney development1, and within the State Government-led Tech Central precinct.

The site spans 3,487 square metres with the development spanning 75,088 square metres and will comprise a the 40-level office tower with retail amenities and new YHA accommodation space at its base, as well as new public realm around Central Station.

As part of the arrangements Dexus will act as development manager and take responsibility for delivering the project, fund 100% of the project costs during construction, and retain a long-term equity interest in the asset with Atlassian. The total project costs are expected to be $1.4 billion.