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Design studio Woods Bagot is set to collaborate with Cbus Property, in the national award-winning integrated property investor and developer’s expert workplace collective, 720 LivingWork Lab.
The focus of the 720 LivingWork Lab is to reimagine Cbus Property’s commercial tower at 720 Bourke Street, Melbourne, already one of Australia’s most progressive and sustainable working environments, and facilitate its evolution in an increasingly dynamic, hybrid working world.
Cbus Property’s Chief Investment Officer, Chris Kakoufas, said the 720 LivingWork Lab model acknowledged the future of commercial property was “changing focus to become more in tune with people and the lives lived within the environments we co-create”.
“720 Bourke Street presents an opportunity to reimagine what a workplace is, rather than simply updating a building with a new layout or finishings,” Mr Kakoufas said.
“We need to think beyond architectural features, to consider how buildings can help talented people flourish.”
The specialist team will feature Woods Bagot, which has collaborated with Cbus Property on several significant projects, including the celebrated Collins Arch mixed-use development in nearby Collins Street.
Woods Bagot principal, Bronwyn McColl, said the reinvention of 720 Bourke Street would empower the team to push boundaries and consider a more transformative approach to repositioning than typical workplace projects.
“This is an exceptionally exciting project and a unique opportunity to think beyond the typical approach,” Ms McColl said.
“Asking ourselves to reimagine what a building within a precinct could be provides opportunities to consider more than just design.”
720 LivingWork Lab drawing by Cbus Property.
Collins Arch for client Cbus property – Woods Bagot collaborated with SHOP Architects and OCULUS Landscape.
The partnership will further build on 720 Bourke Street’s pioneering design with the addition of sustainability, human-centric data and First Peoples experts to the panel.
In the spirit of Reconciliation and paving the way for a more inclusive Australia, the 720 LivingWork Lab aspires to lead by example in a First Peoples co-design process.
“Cbus Property’s vision is to ensure our built environment is reflective of First Peoples culture and allows space for storytelling and for showcasing the worldʼs oldest living culture,” Mr Kakoufas said.
Mr Kakoufas went on to say that the announcement would help define a new purpose for the commercial property sector, one that would positively impact its local community and better reflect the needs of Cbus Property’s customers.
“720 Bourke Street is already one of the most sustainable office buildings in Australia so our vision for this innovative project is to build on this momentum and lead the change we want to see in the industry, while giving back to the environment and community,” he said.
“The impact of this project goes beyond 720 Bourke Street. This partnership will pioneer new opportunities for us to support, learn and add tangible value for our customers.”
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