800 Bourke Street, Docklands 3008.
- Built in 2002-4.
- Designed by James Grose of Bligh Voller Nield.
- Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
- Winner of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects' Interior Design Award.
The National@Docklands building was built for the National Australia Bank (NAB) and was one of the first commercial buildings to be constructed in Melbourne's revitalised docklands precinct.
Enjoying a northerly aspect over Victoria Harbour and decorated with an array of coloured panels and glass, National@Docklands immediately became a landmark of the area and enjoys a wide recognition within the community.
National@Docklands consists of four elongated floor plates running almost north-south in a 'W' formation. Between each pair of floor plates is a service core at the southern end and an atrium running down towards the water's edge. The atria are crossed by walkways at various angles. Each atrium is penetrated by an open stair, encouraging vertical as well as lateral movement through common spaces. The building is designed in such a way as to maximise the flow of air to make work within this complex more comfortable for employees. There are no enclosed offices within the building.
Externally, the coloured panels and glazed exterior as well as two pairs of distinctive ventilation columns make this an elegant and modern building that makes a positive contribution to the area.