Our latest commercial office building addition to Brisbane’s Skyline has been nick-named (by the market) as “Darth Vader”.
A successful commercial outcome for our client, with the Morris Property Group securing a 10-year lease agreement with the Commonwealth Government to underpin the project.
The site forms an important gateway and transition from the CBD to Spring Hill and is situated across the road from Brisbane’s Central Railway Station. The site also sits over existing underground railway tunnels, exiting Central Station. This design challenge generated a canted column configuration, contributing to the sculptural activation of the ground plane.
The “pin-wheel” floor plate shape generated the tower’s form, significantly contributing to the overall architectural expression with the purpose of reducing the perceived bulk and scale of the building’s envelope, while accentuating the vertical form of the 27-story high building into different light reflection during the day.
The ground floor delivers an impressive two-story lobby space which is also activated with a coffee-shop and boutique retail space to Astor Terrace. These are significantly enhanced by the subtropical landscape, that softens the surrounding built environment, creating a cool, comfortable transition back from the busy intersection of Turbot Street and Wharf Street.
The building boasts high end green credentials, with a sun shading system that involves multiple glass fins that are precisely oriented, for optimum sun protection, responding to the climate and contributing to the building’s identity. An additional green credential is the inclusion of a recreation space on level 15 which connects the building occupants with the outdoor environment, helping enhance the overall well-being of the occupants. The project also boasts state of the art end-of-trip facilities located in the basement as well as 30 carparking spaces above ground in a naturally ventilated carpark.