Clayton Utz Head Office
1 Bligh Street, Sydney
Clayton Utz Head Office is located in Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star high rise building at 1 Bligh Street, Sydney.
The base building design was a joint venture between Ingenhoven and Architectus. Bates Smart worked collaboratively with the architects and the builder (Grocon) to develop a fully integrated fitout. The new premises provide:
/ A distinctive elliptical floor plate
/ Full height atrium through the building
/ Innovative double skin glass curved facade
/ Natural light, ventilation and shading, and glare control
/ Chilled beam/passive VAV air conditioning, raised flooring
The architectural language of 1 Bligh Street was a strong starting point for the project. Bates Smart’s design concept expresses the synergy between the building and Clayton Utz, referencing the shared qualities of integrity, transparency and endurance.
The interior represents the next generation of legal workplace with strong design cues being drawn from the architecture and palette of the base building to produce a seamless integrated whole.
Two client floors are linked with a dramatic stair sweeping down beside the atrium while the meeting rooms on these floors take advantage of the dress circle views over Circular Quay to the harbour.
Legal floors are ringed with highly transparent perimeter offices enabling the clear glazed external facade to admit maximum natural light to work areas with the added benefit of views for all.
A generous staff Cafe is integrated with the library creating a hub for easy informal interaction. Flexibility has been incorporated to enable the premises to adapt to change whilst the design carries the enduring quality which will ensure these premises last as long as Clayton Utz’s last home designed by Bates Smart in 1992.