Located in Adelaide, Australia, was designed by Hassell, SA Water House sits adjacent to St Francis Xavier Cathedral within in a large public plaza. The learning centre within the light-filled foyer encourages visitors to explore the space and endeavours to educate the public and engender a sense of fun. A cafe, casual meeting areas and signature sculptural function space add to the vibrancy of the ground floor. Water testing laboratories within public view maximises connection to the wider community.
The brief was shaped through extensive consultation with a cross section of staff. It highlighted SA Water’s aspirations of a sustainable workplace to support a healthy, integrated environment that would demonstrate leadership in sustainability and reposition SA Water as an employer of choice. Consolidating staff and laboratories from multiple sites, improving staff collaboration and business efficiency were also key drivers for the design of the building.