Digital Harbour, VIC, Australia
- ARM Architecture
The first building from the masterplan is the Innovation Building, completed in 2005 and is now fully tenanted. The Innovation Building represents Stage 1 of Digital Harbour's technology based community – an incubator hub with a focus on offices for new enterprises in the IT industry, together with the R & D components of larger organisations such as Telstra.
The design strategy reference themes and visual codes of our technological age. Circuit boards, bar codes, morse codes, binary numerals can be interpreted in the random striated pre-cast concrete panels. On the west façade, individually profiled fins are in themselves not unusual, but when read as a whole, create and intriguing visual affect, shimmering and shearing lines before your eyes.
Construction reflects modern organisational culture with flexible and functional floors comprising features such as “no ceilings” over open planned spaces to facilitate easy technology upgrades, rapid space reconfiguration and to enhance cross-pollination of ideas between tenants.
The Innovation Building represents stage one of a new technology based community – an incubator hub with a focus on offices for new enterprises in the IT industry.
The Innovation Building connects these start-up companies and small/medium enterprises, right through to large corporations in a collaborative workplace that incorporates the latest digital technologies as well as facilitating one-on-one interactions.
When asked about the predominantly black façade with its variously discontinuous bright green panels, Howard Raggatt, design director of the project, said "Well, this is Melbourne, so being dressed in black is always good ... and green is of course a kind of epaulette saying ‘We're a bit techno-funky but we care about sustainability too'".
The carefully articulated western facade design provides smart, efficient shade protection while maintaining views to Victoria Harbour. The individually profiled fins are in themselves not unusual, but when read as a whole, create and intriguing visual affect, shimmering and shearing lines before your eyes.