Xero HQ 260 Burwood Rd | Idle Architecture Studio

Xero HQ 260 Burwood Rd | Idle Architecture Studio | Photographer: Jaime Diaz-Berrio

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Xero HQ 260 Burwood Rd | Idle Architecture Studio

Traditional Land Owners


Commercial Architecture
Hacer Group PL
Jaime Diaz-Berrio
Michael Gazzola
Project summary

Located on Burwood Road within a busy east-west innovation spine, the Xero HQ building makes a timeless contribution to the Hawthorn precinct. Scale is mitigated by emphasizing the horizontality of the expressed slab edges, while the undulating façade of basalt and glass refracts and reflects light, shadow and glimpses of the leafy surrounds.

An activated streetscape welcomes pedestrians to linger under the cantilevered level one slab, handing over the north-eastern corner of the site to the public realm. The entry is expressed in the facade through a break in the otherwise continuous floor slabs and a setback inset of bronze glass that links the recessed upper levels.

Internally varied workplace environments are arranged around a light-filled atrium that links the four upper levels and creates connectivity integral to Xero’s innovative business model. Flexibility and adaptability in the program enable future evolution of this thoughtfully resolved building.

Victorian Jury Presentation

260 Burwood marks our perspective on office environments for changing times, a collaboration between the project team has resulted in an engaging and functional workplace design for our long-term tenants Xero and adaptability for flexible retail spaces. The sustainable design principles applied to the building offer a lasting asset within our portfolio.

The building design represents a timeless contribution to its leafy neighbourhood and deliberately restrained exterior reflects our pursuit of timeless simplicity.

Project Practice Team

Anthony Pintaudi, Design + Project Architect
Chris Idle, Design Architect
Evan Cooper, Design + Project Architect
Kiona Guillot, Graduate of Architecture
Nathan Bullen, Graduate of Architecture
Stephen Hawken, Graduate of Architecture
Thomas Kinloch, Documenter

Project Consultant and Construction Team

ADP Consulting, Services Consultant
Brogue Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer
G2 Urban Planning, Town Planner
Omnii, Fire Services
Podia, Project Manager
Site Image, Landscape Consultant
Steve Watson & Partners, Building Surveyor
The Green Factory, ESD Consultant

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Xero HQ 260 Burwood Rd | Idle Architecture Studio | Photographer: Jaime Diaz-Berrio

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