Situated in the Melbourne Docklands, at 700 Bourke Street, between Southern Cross Station and Etihad Stadium, the new headquarters of the National Australia Bank (NAB) designed by Woods Bagot is characterised by its “triangularity”. As the architect explains, “The architecture embraces the triangle as its primary visual motif, with a magnificent triangular atrium rising through the centre of the building. Three vertical fissures snake their way down the façade of the building, breaking down the scale of the enormous footprint. Triangulated façade panels on the exterior of these “cathedral windows” are coloured red, orange, yellow and green”.


The distribution of spaces follows an in-depth reflection on the topics of the new approaches to work, from virtual work to mobility, and the research into the optimum environments for performing professional activities. “The total floor area of 75,000m2 is positioned around a central, light-filled atrium and divided into eight zones that act as hubs for 50 people, with the added flexibility of 100 drop-in staff, community and consultants. Each of these zones are subsequently sub-dividable into a series of spaces for social, shared, focused and learning environments.”

The design also places particular attention on the clear distinction between the main entrance, which is strictly pedestrian, and the street access reserved for cars on the basement level. With an explicit reference to the thoughts of Le Courbusier and his experimentations separating cars and people.

Sabrina Sciama

Sabrina Sciama

After graduating in architecture, she worked in publishing for over twenty years. Contents manager for corporate blogs, architecture- and design portals, collaborating with professional magazines and handling the drafting of monographs. She has worked with: Domus, Abitare, Case da Abitare, Auto&Design, Case&Stili. Actively involved in the portal between 2001 and 2007, working mainly on the daily news section and the daily newsletter, as well as playing a proactive role in the management of additional website content. Editor of Box magazine from 2004 to 2009, also coordinating the drafting of two volumes focusing on young designers entitled “Box circa 40 – progettisti italiani e stranieri attorno ai 40 anni”. Coordinated the drafting of corporate catalogues and monographs for the series entitled “I Protagonisti del Design” for Hachette Fascicoli (Giulio Iacchetti and James Irvine, 2012).