An architect’s studio is both a calling card and a testing ground. Before BVN’s transformation of its Sydney office, these lower levels of the Hilton Hotel Tower were bland and bleak, with an uncreative corporate fit-out. Hardly an environment to inspire award-winning architecture.
Along with educational and public buildings, Olympic and student housing, embassy and commercial buildings, BVN is a specialist at redefining workplaces for its professional services clients. A hallmark of its approach is the blurring of traditional corporate hierarchies through research-based design, and its Sydney studio is a raw, open space, expressing both the building structure and the firm’s own collaborative approach to practice.
BVN stripped back the 1900-square-metre office space to its concrete shell, exposing cable networks, and left concrete columns unadorned, except for pencil marks and measurements left by the original builders.
Instead of office cubicles, its workstations and breakout zones are clustered through the space into ‘neighbourhoods’, set free of the windows, democratising access to daylight and views. The outlook includes the historic Queen Victoria Building and the streamlined ANZ Tower by FJMT.
Reflecting the growing diversity of work and life in the CBD, BVN’s industrial-style studio sits above the foyer of the Hilton Hotel, an oasis of five-star luxury and calm following its 2006 refurbishment.
Level 11, BVN studio
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Access to BVN via lifts closest to Pitt Street entrance