The Foundry

The Foundry, South Eveleigh Precinct

A different breed of workplace that heralds a shift towards new ways of working

The Foundry offers a different breed of workplace that heralds a shift towards new ways of working. The exceptional working environment is technology-enabled, fostering collaboration while also allowing ultimate flexibility and diversity for its workforce – all elements which will meet the needs of current and future generations of workers.

The campus is an advanced workplace project but is actually about making authentic places to exchange ideas, innovate, meet, enjoy and just be. At the heart of this project is the creation of a vibrant public space network inspired by the industrial railway history of this site and the cultural identity of South Eveleigh.

The Foundry is located along the northern edge of the South Eveleigh precinct, directly opposite the heritage Locomotive Workshop. The Foundry is an advanced sustainable, collaborative, workplace environment conceived like a miniature city, offering variation, vitality and choice in a refined and deeply human architecture.

Analysis of the site generated linear built forms with their long axis orientated in the east west direction. To ensure a high quality of workspace, full height atrium spaces have been provided to achieve natural light from above via over 2000 sqm of glazing. Given the depth of the site ’The Foundry’ was designed around a pair of seven meter wide linear atria with a large central gathering space at it’s heart. This dramatic central space forms the social focus at the main entry point of the building, allowing a direct visual and physical relationship to the Locomotive Workshop immediately opposite. This central space include a large ‘lunch and learn’ stair, created from steel and timber which accommodates both formal and informal collaboration and events.

The design of The Foundry has been inspired by the Locomotive Workshop with its long and narrow bays, evocative of the industrial production areas within. The Foundry is a steel framed structure, created with more that 9000 tonnes of steel. The exposed steel is evocative of the adjacent heritage building, and has been celebrated throughout the building's interior. The floor plates within act as a series of open and permeable platforms serviced by dedicated and expressed steel framed and glass lift banks. Lateral bridge links provide logical, clearly articulated circulation paths within the workplace. The structural steel to the atria roof and bridge elements evoke the red tones of industrial red oxide primer.

The ends of the east / west atria are celebrated with the expressive vaulted roof forms which create a signature roof form. Externally, the vaulted end bays of the roof reveal the internal planning of the building, and give clue to the internal atrium spaces and roofs. Whilst the office accommodation is broken into bays, the roof conceptually ties these together into a singular whole.

Terracotta clad perimeter cores form the means of expression on the external façade, breaking down the scale of the building into a series of smaller more intimate volumes. These also act as a means of creating individual workgroup zones or villages through the building, creating smaller communities each with their own character and purpose. Despite it’s size, each part of The Foundry feels open, bright and human scaled.

The facades are expressed as a series of individually expressed frames that served to modulate the scale of the development into a number of individual small scale elements. This is particularly evident along Locomotive Street where the façade colours and materials evoke the warmth and materiality of the original heritage workshop. All facades incorporate sun shading elements and screens as required to meet requirements relative to solar heat gain.

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