The new Marine Operations building at Port Botany reflects a commitment by Sydney Ports to create high quality and environmentally sustainable buildings.
Jackson Teece partnered with builders AJ Lucas Operations for both the building architecture and interior fit out. The four storey structure is equipped to handle a variety of functions including administration, port navigation and emergency/incident response.
The site did pose its fair share of challenges. A narrow strip of land between road and wharf drove the design and form of the building – distorted rectangular blocks which appear to slide over and under each other across the site. The upper commercial block cantilevers out dramatically at the northern approach, whilst the lower operational block stretches out southwards to envelop an existing building.
The interior fit-out design takes full advantage of the long narrow building plate which provides excellent visual access to full height windows which have louvered sunlight control systems. Desking groups of two or four staff members are then separated by storage elements which vary in height. This system allows for an open plan environment which still offers areas of privacy for staff with more sensitive privacy requirements.
Providing an even balance of function and form, this stripped back internal design lets operations take centre stage, with the ever present connection to the water below providing a positive connection to both work and nature.