A major catalyst project for the wider waterfront precinct, the new commercial office tower at 1 William Street has been designed to accommodate the Queensland Public Service while providing a symbol of its strong sense of purpose, identity and confidence in the future.
Positioned on the banks of the winding Brisbane River, the form of the tower invites an abstraction of the continuous, sinuous line of the river articulated via the glazed tower design. A lustrous façade, the tower’s cladding reflects and changes with the time of day and quality of sunlight, apparently adjusting to seasonal and climatic variations. The crown of the tower is defined by a sharp chamfer facing outward towards the state of Queensland, providing a distinctive skyline statement that is instantly recognisable from a distance. Creating a striking visual profile, the splayed rooftop terrace allows guests to experience the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane and enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of the city.
Conceived from the inside-out, a full-height atrium enables a non-hierarchical, inclusive work space. Connectivity on and between floors was a key driver to fulfilling the brief, with a variety of workspaces delivering a mix of individual and team-based activities.
Drawing inspiration from the Queensland landscape, the finishes scheme seeks to emulate the natural environment, bringing the outside in via the application of colour, materiality and texture. Building on a neutral base palette of cream, lightly stained timber and grey tones, each level of the building moving up the tower takes cues from the state’s icons as well as native flora and fauna. A compelling new workplace for the Government of Queensland, 1 William Street provides a distinctive new icon for the city of Brisbane positioned within an invigorated public realm and mixed use lifestyle precinct that connects the Brisbane CBD to the river.