The design concept for the tower building addresses the façade’s relationship to the St Paul’s Cathedral spires, which sit directly in front of the building when viewed from Southbank.
This new insertion provides a consistent backdrop to St Paul’s Cathedral, previously lost amongst the mixed assembly of taller structures beyond. The Cathedral’s fine architecture can now be clearly discerned against the elegant white glass of the building.
The façade glass frit provides a quiet background to St Pauls Cathedral – like a piece of sky or an undulating curtain drawn down behind it.The gently folding tower façade glazing uses a white ceramic frit pattern that gives the building the appearance of a jewel like monolithic object. The frit serves to reflect light from the outside and reduce heat and glare.From Collins Street the commercial tower is set behind the heritage listed Mayfair building and the two buildings are separated by a spectacular nine storey atrium.
The carefully crafted ground floor lobby, defined by its extensive use of travertine, is dramatised via a shimmering woven glazed screen. This screen provides the frame for the undulating tower that extends through the glazed roof 18 storeys above ground level.
The Flinders Lane facades have been developed into a series of new crystalline podium elements that incorporate machine grooved glass assemblies that emulate the textures of brick warehouse buildings that surround it.171 Collins Street is officially Victoria’s first PCA Premium Grade building awarded the coveted 6 star Green Star – Office Design (v2) Certified Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia representing ‘World Leadership’ in environmentally sustainable design.
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