Australian Education Union Victoria

Melbourne, VIC

AEU Victoria is the Victorian branch of the Australian Education Union, the federal union for teachers, principals, and education support staff including all educators working in government schools, government-funded early childhood, TAFE and adult education. With over 51,000 members, the AEU campaigns for education professionals, public education and social justice.

AEU required a new direction for their workplace. By de-privatising their existing model Artillery’s brief was to create an energised workplace with diverse spaces that fostered a culture of collaboration. In doing so, Artillery employed strategies facilitating the change from a traditional office to a more responsive environment.

A well-considered approach to sustainability and wellness through a variety of building and best-practice solutions was at the forefront of this workplace design. A centrally placed atrium and skylight provide natural light and ventilation to workstations in the centre of the floor plate, whilst locally sourced furniture and finishes reflect the union’s community-mindedness and involvement.

The building’s extensive roof will be utilised to collect rain water and solar power, for use within the tenancies and grounds. Artillery created an inspired, modern space through play on scale and clever detailing, where texture and pattern are used to great effect on partitions, ceilings and breakout zones.

Diagonal lines are a key feature, creating energy as you move throughout the space – referencing the energy and passion of their members. Astute planning, provided a solution to the need for a variety of spaces, addressing both the functional requirements and relationships between teams, achieving the right acoustic balance required for a multi layered workplace.


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