Zero Gipps, located in the heart of Collingwood, looks to reinterpret the often ‘standard’ office working environment by reframing it as a living, breathing, community-focused workplace ecosystem. In retaining the original warehouse building, Zero Gipps immediately embeds its principles around sustainability and in creating and retaining connections to the existing neighbourhood. The building presents as two elongated, separated halves with a large light court in its centre. The central void creates a communal courtyard at ground where a new entry, off an old laneway, is created. Occupant health and wellness are at the heart of this modest scale project comprising: extensive EOT and bike storage, all electric and renewably sourced, naturally ventilated and thermally designed facade. Small scale 250 sqm floor plates to the north and south are connected via linking walkways and an open, external stair, creating a dynamic and intentionally ‘walkable’ workplace village. The unique feature of this forward thinking workplace is its lack of carparks, zero to be exact. Encouraging instead commuting by bike or via the abundant local public transport.
This project achieves an ‘Excellence’ rating in Environmentally Sustainable Design through the use of the BESS rating, achieving a 75% rating score.
Photography by Aaron Puls