Iconic health insurance brand Australian Unity make it their mission “to serve and enhance the wellbeing of our members, our customers and our community,” and as such it is no surprise that Lotus’ products were the appropriate choice to help fit out their new Melbourne office at 271 Spring St. One of our driving principles at Lotus is to create dynamic and adaptable environments where people can thrive, and when it came to this business space, Architect Bates Smart saw the opportunity to engage Lotus to help create a flexible and prosperous work environment for the Australian Unity employees.
Architect Bates Smart were challenged to create a new flexible workplace for over 1000 Australian Unity employees in an existing heritage building at 271 Spring St in Melbourne. The brief from Australian Unity requested a space that could provide connection between people, the community and the brand’s illustrious 175-year heritage. The contemporary hub-style workplace design focuses on the brand’s ambition of enhancing wellbeing and supporting a diverse, technology reliant workforce. To do this, Bates Smart created working ‘villages’ across three floors, all connected by a large central stairwell and void. Bates Smart describe the space on their website, explaining that “The lower floors were engineered to encourage collaboration, innovation and people engagement, nurturing a sense of purpose and personal relationships.”
“True to the Lotus brand of creating
dynamic and adaptable environments, the Pivot Panels and Operable Walls
provide flexible options for our staff for large and small gatherings. The Operable walls that divide the meeting rooms are seamless and easy to use and provides great acoustics to ensure privacy when required. The Pivot Panels look amazing and really show how the space can be
adapted depending on our needs. We are thrilled with the ease of operational use and result of all of the products provided by Lotus.”
– Siobhan Henderson, Workplace Operations Manager, Australian Unity