VIRGIN BLUE AIRLINE’S HEAD OFFICE FITOUT

Architect COTTEE PARKER
Project Manager INCOLL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Area 12,500 SQM ACROSS 3 BUILDINGS
Electrical
Engineering advisory
Engineering design & documentation
Fire protection
Hydraulic/public health
Mechanical
Specialist lighting

As the National Head Office for Virgin Blue, the “Virgin Village workplace” covers 3 buildings, creating a campus culture across the site located at Bowen Hills, Brisbane.

A consistent design theme needed to be reflected throughout, requiring a high level of coordination by Medland Metropolis.

The architectural integration of the lighting design was paramount. The use of pendant lights, floor lighting and task lighting meant that there was a minimal amount of exposed conduit required so as to not distract from the exposed architectural surfaces. The lighting truly enhances the space giving the headquarters the desired flair of this innovative leader in passenger aviation.

The Ground Floor of Building A created a challenge with no ceilings in the corridors.

Medland Metropolis came up with an extremely sleek lighting in the form of long runs of low level extrusions in corridors, which guide you through the space, creating a runway effect. Combined with the large, bold feature pendants, this runway lighting evoked a level of sophistication appropriate to the glamour of travel in the new world.

The inherent volume of the buildings was maximised by employing a warehouse feel in the open plan workspaces, expressing exposed concrete ceilings and columns and utilising suspended linear fluorescent light fittings for direct and indirect lighting.

Ambient lighting supported by sufficient task lighting meets the appropriate regulatory lux levels and yet provides moody and pleasing aesthetic. The combination of task lighting with moody ambient light and the runway lighting effect are uniquely comforting combinations. Energy efficiency is achieved with the use of motion sensors, ensuring that lights go out when a room is not in use.

There are also daylight sensors around the perimeter of the building which switch off the lights when set light levels are sufficient. A control system in operation ensures that lights are switched on/off as required and are not switched on in unoccupied spaces.