An agile office that gives employees more workplace choice.

AstraZeneca | Sydney, Australia


The modern work place is so much more than being desk bound all day, so Futurespace developed a unique zone system to give AstraZeneca Australia employees more flexibility and allow for different styles of working.

Through the Futurespace design, AstraZeneca Australia’s 3,000 square metre office gives its 200 employees the option to work in four ‘zones’, with each zone catering to different styles of working and collaborating.

Sitting at the same desk all day does not promote productivity, health and wellbeing, or collaboration. However, it is just as troublesome to let employees work wherever they want without having the correct design infrastructure in place. That is why the ‘zones’ are effective.

Each zone was designed to facilitate different styles of working, whether it’s informal chats over coffee, structured team meetings or focused individual work.

The ‘zones’ in the AstraZeneca Australia workplace include:

The Unplugged Zone – where employees can relax on large lounges, prepare meals in the large home styled kitchen, make coffee in the second office kitchen, take in the sunlight on the tucked away booths, or order coffee or lunch at the café.

The Connect Zone – includes conference rooms with video conferencing and audio visual systems, the boardroom, private meeting and collaborative spaces.

The Base Zone – open plan work areas, private work areas, project areas, informal meeting areas, community spaces.

The Virtual Zone – this zone isn’t a physical zone, but is the integrated technology overlaid in the workplace. One standout feature includes Wi-Fi technology that allows staff to locate each other within the building at any time, enhancing collaboration.

In addition to the innovative ‘zones’, Futurespace also created spaces that are comfortable to be in. We achieved this by incorporating features of timber to create warmth, as well as plenty of natural lighting, indoor greenery, and a large home-styled kitchen.

Overlaying the science in the pharmaceutical’s company products, Futurespace linked a science design element throughout the physical environment. “Follow the science” is visually and physical demonstrated in the space and focuses on the connection to science.

The ‘zones’ are a response to the AstraZeneca global working guidelines called “iwork”, which outlines a more agile way of working.

AstraZeneca Australia Head of Procurement, Mark Sheridan, said, “iwork has really been embraced by Futurespace in the design of this office, in that it successfully created an agile workplace that connects people, embraces technology, is collaborative, and flexible.”

“AstraZeneca has a strong culture based around community, and in our last office employees had trouble finding each other due to the poor design. What Futurespace has done in our new office has really connected the whole company.”

“To continue being leaders in the field, and create the most innovative scientific solutions, a workplace that supports and assists our staff is imperative."