Ben Chifley Building

Ben Chifley Building

The siting and architecture of the Ben Chifley Building are interwoven with the Canberra landscape, urban design and morphology, providing a meaningful addition to the ensemble of national institutions and organisations in the central plan. The building consolidates accommodation for the organisation and enables greater collaboration between tenant organisations and the national security community, as well as with wider government agencies, industry and academia.
The complex and highly technical brief has been embraced and elevated to create a building and landscape that is both integrated and present. The building form reinforces and addresses Constitution Avenue and shifts internally to focus on the democratic heart of the National Triangle at Commonwealth Place, the building form representing the public nature and contribution of the organisation.

Approximately 1800 staff are housed within 45,000 sqm of workspace, along with a range of specialist functions, conference suites, cafe and staff facilities. The interior arrival and gathering spaces are linked in a fluid arrangement of horizontal and vertical movement with spatial hierarchy, variety, natural light and views to outdoor spaces.

A central atrium connects the levels through the building. At the base of the atrium and providing the centre of gravity for the building is a large staff cafe and seating area. It acts as the social nexus and gathering space for the building with recreational functions located nearby, including access to open-air landscaped areas, staff change rooms and a gymnasium.

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