As an established energy provider, Ausgrid sought to create a workplace environment that would be a benchmark for future ways of working. As part of the initiative, GroupGSA were engaged to undertake a holistic approach to the journey of Ausgrid staff that began at the front door. Internally, Ausgrid undertook a large transformation within their business to create a more empowered culture.
The design team proposed early on that it was important to provide appropriate representation of indigenous culture as an integrated and considered component within the project. This approach would also embody the company’s core values of diversity and inclusion. As part of the process, we worked closely with Ausgrid’s Indigenous Representatives and indigenous artist Lucy Simpson to conceptualise imagery and design that would reflect Ausgrid as a business.
Lucy’s conceptual research centred around traditional indigenous fire-stick farming and care of country. The concept evolved to look at lightning, the strike to the earth, the spark that ignites, and from that, the growth and the new life that is a timeless cycle. In Yuwaalaraay this cycle is known as ‘Baayangali’ and it means ‘the system in the natural world by which everything connects.’
With a clear focus on lightning, spark and renewal as conceptual anchors, Lucy provided original designs to translate into the built space through environmental graphics, soft furnishings and a large-scale painted mural.
The collaboration between Lucy and our team allowed for a seamless and sincere representation of the local indigenous nations.
Infusing authentic indigenous representation was an important factor for Ausgrid. It also created an opportunity for the sustainable component to sit comfortably within the natural palette of finishes. Greenwalls on every level including the ground floor arrival space and energy efficient circadian lighting allow staff to gently transition from morning light to evening light cues.
At project completing the project has achieved a 5 Star Greenstar Rating and is positioned for WELL Gold Certification. This project also came in under budget.