Department of Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy 38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT

role Architecture, Interior Design value $45 million area 9000m² completed date 1997

With the interior design commission for the Department of Communication, Information Technology and the The Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) project involved the design and documentation of a new 9,000m² commercial building in Forrest, ACT for the Mirvac Property Group.

Extensive consultation was required with the National Capital Authority in order to ensure compliance with planning objectives for the area.

With the interior design commission for the Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts, peckvonhartel reviewed the Department’s blocking and stacking plan and functional adjacencies were tested in tandem with expansion/contraction planning. 

The peckvonhartel design for the tenancy incorporated a significant re-use of existing furniture together with the installation of an extensive art collection sourced from Art Bank. The design response included specific settings for artworks throughout the tenancy with the aim to theme the artworks to the function of the business unit in which they were being displayed.

This commission also included extensive dedicated meeting and training rooms, a radio equipment laboratory, extensive satellite and microwave equipment and a public library/shop front facility. The tenancy features are the informal gathering areas on the floors and a large flexible amenities/training room.

Since completing this tenancy, the practice has been involved in all subsequent churn within the tenancy and in all other Australian Capital Territory fitout projects for the Department.