Austereo moved to its current premises at the World Square site in Sydney, in 2006. The building is located at the corner of George Street and Goulburn Streets in “Building B”, to the South West of the site. The World Square precinct includes offices, residential and retail uses, as well as providing a piazza space in-between the buildings, for use by the public.
For those that haven’t heard of Austereo, it is a radio station worth $700m, responsible for two major radio stations brands; MMM and 2Day FM. The total Fitout costs for the project was approx. $10m.
Crone Partners, who were responsible for the World Square Master Plan site, were invited to design an interconnecting stair in the Austereo Fitout and a rooftop amenities area. The works included; a stair that connected 3 levels of the tenancy, glass lift, toilets and kitchen provisions, as well as a multi-purpose room on the rooftop, that could be used for special events.
The interconnecting stair provides a space where employees can interact in a dynamic environment. The steel stair uses a steel channel stringer and balustrades, set-out perpendicular to the stringers. Patch fitting connect the glass to the balustrades and a 50mm diam Stainless Steel handrail borders the edges. The treads are finished with a dark grey rubber finish and set in a Stainless Steel pan, that spans between the stringers creating a clean and simple soffit. The colour wall to the side of the stair is a feature of the space. The wall is made from Barrisol and the lighting is connected to a computer system, allowing the colour’s to change on demand or on a loop system. The “communication” stair encourages people to use the stair to travel between floors, instead of using the lift. Eco friendly!