Australian Capital Territory
Defence Housing Australia brings together its regional and local business units in a new purpose-built premises in Gungahlin. The interior design provides spaces for varied and acoustically different work activities, curated to promote face-to-face interactions and innovation, but at the core of the design is connection.
The fit-out’s form, scale, texture, and colour respond to the base building, working with the large floor plates, atrium, feature stairs, skylights, and matching timber elements. Curved timber-clad rooms radiate from the central atrium, forming an acoustic ribbon that shelters the central collaboration hub from the quieter external open-plan spaces. Feature timber screens are abstracted roof profiles and intimate cubby-like spaces designed as a nod to the client’s primary function – providing housing for Defence personnel.
The design provides an inviting, flexible, collaborative working environment, creating a new workplace underpinning the client’s primary driver for connection.
The collective design approach of the architectural teams is evident in the attractive and practical workplace spaces created. The success of the central atrium as a gathering place with its gently curving balconies and combination of natural colours and materials is well executed, providing warm and inviting circulation and collaborative working.
The DHA workplace is a well-considered and implemented fitout integrated into the building, demonstrating the benefits of a tailored approach to base building form and internal function.
Abbie Muir, Graduate of Architect (ck architecture, Interior Design)
Daniel Schorn, Project Team (GMB Architects, Base Building)
Emily McCormick, Interior Designer (ck architecture, Interior Design)
Eric Zhou, Project Team (GMB Architects, Base Building)
Frank Tottingham, Graduate of Architect (ck architecture, Interior Design)
Gemma Lingwood, Associate (ck architecture, Interior Design)
John Guida, Design Director (GMB Architects, Base Building)
Justine Cox, Principal and Design Director (ck architecture, Interior Design)
Leonie Gorman, Senior Lead Interior Designer (ck architecture, Interior Design)
Madeleine Underwood, Graduate of Architect (ck architecture, Interior Design)
Will Gardner, Associate (GMB Architects, Base Building)
Ian Barges, Broadspectrum, Project Manager (DHA Interiors)
Jamie Pinkerton, Lockbridge, Project Manager (Base Building)
Ronnie Reichelt, Senior Associate Project Lead (Acor Rudd Consulting, Service Engineers)