For the past two years, Carr Design Group has been working closely with Australia Post to transform its Sydney headquarters into a modern, efficient and sustainable workplace.

Located on Cleveland Street in Strawberry Hills, the iconic building, now known as StarTrack House, was first used as the Redfern Mail Exchange in 1965 and was the first mail facility in Australia to sort post automatically by postcode.

Working closely with Australia Post Chief Operating Officer Ewen Stafford, Carr Design Group looked at ways to refurbish the building so that it could be more engaging, provide greater thermal performance and house more efficient office accommodation. 

A new entrance atrium has been installed in the building’s forecourt, made up of a colonnade of steel columns topped with a silvery meshwork that provides protection from the elements and reduces glare from the sun.

Glazing has been replaced to achieve thermal and energy requirements and external cladding re-finished to complement the new building aesthetic.

Inside, there has been a move away from traditional offices in favour of a variety of open plan and shared spaces, with each zone given a different identity through the use of screen motifs, ceiling details, reflective surfaces and graphics.

Interiors have been refurbished throughout, with the introduction of new amenities including a ground floor cafe, and end-of-trip shower and change areas. 

Access ramps and terraces have also been integrated to ensure ease of access for all, as stipulated in the design brief.

The refurbishment aims to lift the building’s Greenstar and Nabers rating to 5 stars, while ensuring greater longevity and usability of the Australia Post hub.

Courtesy Architizer and World Architecture News