Google Australia’s current Pyrmont precinct is to be expanded as a new work building in Jones Bay.
Designed by Warren and Mahoney, the new building will replace an old gatehouse at the Royal Edward Victualling Yard (REVY). The new building will include end-of-trip facilities for Google employees on the ground floor, with workstations located on the upper floors.
The new building on Pirrama Road accompanies a proposal made by Warren and Mahoney to renovate two heritage-listed buildings within the compound. Aspect Studios was entrusted with the landscape architecture, with a number of floating protective elements to soften the architecture for pedestrians on the street.
Practice indicates that the scale of the proposed building provides a smooth transition from the one-level Arrow Marine buildings to the five-level REVY B Wing.
“The distinctive sculptural form and planted facade contrasts sharply with the rigid, orthogonal and static presence of heritage brick facades. To create a clear contemporary element that stands respectfully in scale and proportion with both the Arrow Marine building and the larger REVY B,” reads a firm statement.
“There will be a clear distinction between the new materiality and the existing, to maintain visual separation and ensure REVY is the centerpiece of the program.”