Lifestyle Working’s Building Blends Solar, Broadband And Basil

Lifestyle Working’s multi-tenant office building in Melbourne’s Docklands offers an unusual combination of green design (including solar panels you can buy individual strata titles for), high-speed broadband and an on-site garden where tenants can grab herbs and fruit for their lunch. Check out the facilities in this photo tour.

I visited the building at earlier this week on a media tour as part of Cisco Live! 2014. There are 137 suites in total spread across the five floors. As well as individual offices, there are informal meeting areas located on the gangways that connect each floor, and “semi-privileged space” meeting rooms which any tenant can use at no extra charge. There’s no ceiling at the top of the building, which creates extra light (but also means you won’t take your coat off on a chilly Melbourne morning until you actually reach your office).

Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the building, and a common fibre connection means each office has access to a symmetrical 4/4Mbps broadband service as part of standard charges. Businesses that want faster speeds can pay for them. The free Wi-Fi also appears to run at similar speeds, based on some quick speed tests I performed while in the building.

Disclosure: Angus Kidman travelled to Melbourne as a guest of Cisco.

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