Healthy building

This week, I visited 720 Bourke Street, Docklands, Melbourne; headquarters of Medibank Health Insurance. Outside, the building looks like others on the street: dark glass, towering, nothing special.

Inside is a different story. On the ground floor, an area, containing forest floor coloured furniture and a muted green rug provides sanctuary for those waiting for transportation. Arriving about fifteen minutes ahead of schedule, I took the blue ramp up three floors to reception, on the Park level, rather than using a lift.

Wandering up the winding walkway, I wondered how the offices would be arranged. The view up through the middle of the atrium hinted at other colours.

Level six provides a view of a structure of waves and curves. Each floor has a theme colour. Members of staff work in neighbourhoods; housing their locker. They work from home or hot desk.

Each floor provides a kitchen and eating area, a quiet library room, informal meeting areas and rooms, and various styles and configurations of workspaces. There is even an ideation box/cloud on level seven.

The building has been designed to facilitate exercise and maximise healthy choices. A herb garden, outside spaces with seating and barbecues, complete the picture.

Winter sails

Albert Park Lake, Melbourne. This scene was more comfortable from inside the restaurant. I was lucky that a few weak rays of Winter sunshine illuminated the sails at just the right moment. 

I used Snapseed for iPad app to accentuate the dark water and bring out the malevolent blue sky. 

Urban eclipse

Contrasts:

  • dark and light,
  • unkempt and pristine, 
  • old and new, 
  • cluttered and neat. 

Corner of Higson Lane and Little Flinders Lane eclipsing the Chanel store, Melbourne, Australia. 

Conference with a view

So many conference venues I have visited either don’t have windows or they are heavily shaded. What a treat this week while attending a University Community Safety and Wellbeing conference; windows and views. 

The Elizabeth Street clock tower completed in 1907 is a Melbourne landmark. Glimpsing it signals proximity to Flinders Street railway station. 

This picture was taken from a room on the twelfth floor of Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street. 

High tea

  

Located on the 19th floor, the Club Lounge awaited, offering a modest afternoon tea with assorted scones, jams and cream. The evening drinks served from 6 pm, was accompanied by delicious hot and cold canapés, cheeses, fruit and artisan breads. 

Park Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

http://melbourne.park.hyatt.com

Garish combination



Hard surfaced distinction

Clean lined definition

Metal undulation

Golden decoration

Soft form reflection

Bright colour selection

Garish combination

Ballister detail, Park Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne, Australia