David Jones and Country Road Group, owned by parent company Woolworths Holdings Limited (WHL), have collocated their headquarters in Melbourne in what is a fresh start for the major retailers. With support from the Victorian Government, David Jones moved their entire 178-year-old retail operation from Sydney to Melbourne with a desire to encourage as many existing staff as possible to make the interstate move. Country Road Group, including the fashion brands Trenery, Witchery, Mimco and Politix, moved from their existing Melbourne headquarters.
Having secured two adjacent and connected inner-city buildings with a collective floor area of 24,500sqm to house up to 1,700 people, Gray Puksand was engaged to complete the design and refurbishment of Building One for David Jones within eight months, followed by the refurbishment of Building Two for Country Road Group. The new headquarters is enduring, elegant and simple enough but made more beautiful by the seasonal retail activity, colour and movement applied across the top of the space and throughout the light filled atrium.