Architects: Donovan Hill
Location: 60 Albert Street (corner of Margaret St) Brisbane, Australia
Team: Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Kim Baber, Phil Hindmarsh, Michael Moore, Lucas Leo, Simon Depczynski, Grace Mckellar, Jacque Jones
Builders: Hutchinson Builders
Masonry Contractor: Maurice Potrzeba, Trading as MOZBIZ P/L
Height: 23 stories @ 92.17m
Total Floor Area: 24,150 sqm
Net Lettable Area: 21,213 sqm
Structural Engineer/Project Engineer: ADG Engineers (Aust) Pty Ltd
Design Period: Jan 2007 – May 2007
Construction Period: Novr 2007 – Aug 2009
Photos: Sam Thiess, Shantanu Starick, Donovan Hill
The proposal is for a 23 level high rise office development in response to Brisbane’s market and tenant demand for a Five star Green Star ‘A Grade’ Office Building. This high rise commercial office tower in downtown Brisbane reconciles market forces with the specific urban context of its corner address. The proposal is for a 23 level development in response to Brisbane’s market and tenant demand for a Five star Green Star ‘A Grade’ Office Building.
The major frontage is characterised by a slick and colourful glassy façade, which wraps around the corner into the minor street where tactile concrete and masonry elements give a contrasting character and scale, as well as more substantial solar control. A fragment of the tactility is an embellished masonry screen protecting 4 levels of glass-skinned board rooms.
The central core arrangement in the typical office floors allows occupation on each façade, and permits large flexible floor space where occupants can be planned as a community of people in both single and multiple tenant arrangements.
Ground level organisation provides for multiple functions that both promote activation of the public realm, and facilitate the functional servicing of the building. The podium of the building responds to the public realm and the street by contributing the projected glazed ‘street building’ of the mezzanine and associated enhancement of public activity on Albert Street, and the masonry ‘miniature building’ and its associated recessed landscape to Margaret St.