Oxford Investa Property Partners Reveals the Winning Design Concepts Behind Sydney’s CBD’s ‘Healthiest’ Workplace at Barrack Place


09 May 2019

The newly completed Barrack Place commercial office tower, developed by Investa for Oxford Investa Property Partners (OIPP), at 151 Clarence Street in Sydney, is one of the few that can lay claim to successfully resolving the challenge of fusing the city’s heritage past with a future where our workplace makes us healthier and happier.

Designed by top tier architectural studio Architectus, Barrack Place’s design strongly references the location’s history as a warehousing precinct in the late 1800’s, where carriages would load goods in and out of shops and hotels through cobbled laneways and barber shops would service the local workers.

Its brick façade and laneway retail arcade sit beneath a contemporary office tower, which has already received a 6 Star Green Star – As Built rating and was the first building in Australia to receive the WELL Core & Shell Gold Pre-certification by the International WELL Building InstituteTMin 2017.


Spanning 23 levels and offering 22,000 square metres of space, it is fully leased, with the project’s engineering designer Arup committing to a significant portion of space, as well as Mills Oakley, Pfizer and Washington H Soul Pattinson.

Mark Tait, Group Executive & Head of Commercial Development at Investa said: “Barrack Place sets a new benchmark for office development in Sydney through its considered design that links back to the past and its integration of smart, integrated technology that positions it as one of the most advanced buildings in Sydney.”

Deliberate residential design touches of bleached timber cladding, exposed brick facades and charcoal metal framing have been used in the building’s entrance to create a warm, tactile environment to encourage occupants to pause and spend time in the space during their working day.


Throughout the office component, balconies and lightwells have been included to draw natural light deep into the floorplate and to enable greater flexibility in how the space is used and subdivided. Incorporating large, connected floorplates throughout the building was a key aspect of the design solution to enable tenants to achieve organic collaboration within the workplace in their fit-out designs.

Barrack Place’s focus on helping tenants create healthier and happier workplaces is underpinned by advanced technology, which has been integrated into the fabric of the building. It is one of the first buildings to utilise smart sensor technology in all of its lighting, which can reduce electricity costs by up to 78%. Contractors and visitors will soon be able to enter the building and control the lifts via Bluetooth entry access on their smartphones, which is the first time this technology has been trialled in an Australian commercial office building.

Landscaped, New York-style outdoor terraces have also been incorporated into the sixth and seventh floors taking advantage of natural design alignment with adjacent buildings and offered as a way to democratise access to these spaces for different tenants, adding a residential feel that is rare in commercial buildings.


Architectus’ Managing Principal, Colin Odbert, said: “The design excellence competition held by Investa for Barrack Place provided a unique opportunity for us to respond creatively to the needs of the modern workplace as well as provide significant benefit to the public by opening up a gateway to the emerging western corridor of Sydney.

To inform the design of the building, we drew inspiration from the carriageways and courtyards of the heritage merchant’s warehouses and used a range of materials and architectural detailing to create a rich and textured environment that speaks to the history of the area.”

The exterior finish uses locally sourced and dry-pressed face brick detailing to create a warm, rustic finish that salutes this historic warehouse district of Sydney’s western corridor. Cobbled, ground-level laneways provide a newfound pedestrian thoroughfare connecting it to Martin Place in the East through to Darling Harbour and Barangaroo in the west.

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