26 Aug 22

Adelaide’s most sustainable office tower, developed by Cbus Property and designed by Woods Bagot, complete

Proudly developed by Cbus Property, with architecture and interior design by Woods Bagot, 83 Pirie Street has reached practical completion, marking a new era for commercial accommodation in South Australia.

The A-grade commercial building spans 30,000 square metres across 22 levels and is one of the largest commercial office developments in the state. The Government of South Australia’s Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) will be the anchor tenant, consolidating its several city locations into one.

Woods Bagot Director Thomas Masullo says that, alongside providing a cutting-edge workplace, 83 Pirie Street is designed to rejuvenate the underutilised area of Adelaide’s CBD.

“83 Pirie Street provides a vital contribution to the urban realm of Adelaide,” says Masullo.

“A combination of hospitality, wellness and commercial functions build upon the business and lifestyle character of the Pirie Street precinct.

Active frontages and generous setbacks return space back to pedestrians and unlock the key north-south axis of the city.”

The officer tower is destined to capture a lot of firsts for Adelaide – the first all-electric, carbon-neutral-ready building; the first Platinum WELL v2 pilot pre-certified building; and the first commercial and retail mixed-use building that will not use natural gas. It will also be the first Platinum WiredScore building delivered in Adelaide, achieved via a focus on providing world-class technology infrastructure, connectivity and cyber security.

Modeling of 83 Pirie Street’s glass facade, developed by Arup and Woods Bagot.

Cbus Property’s Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Pozzo, says 83 Pirie represents “the next generation of office design”.

“Designed to meet net zero carbon in operation, 83 Pirie is targeting a 5.5 star NABERS Energy design rating, including a 100-kilowatt onsite solar system and an established renewable electricity purchasing arrangement to make the all-electric base-building powered entirely by renewable energy,” Pozzo says.

Due to Woods Bagot’s focus on health and wellbeing within the tower, 83 Pirie Street has achieved Platinum WELL pre-certification from the International WELL Building Institute.

Alongside its large, flexible floorplates and provision of superior indoor air quality, 83 Pirie Street includes impressive rooftop amenity with views of the Adelaide Hills, multi-purpose wellness centre for on-site activities and events, and premium end-of-trip facilities.

Thomas Masullo says that Pirie Street’s history as a residential street, comprising businesses with attached homes, informed the tower’s bridging of work style and lifestyle.

“The transparent lobby, end-of-trip facilities and retail spaces work to activate Pirie Street and create a transition from the outside world to the workplace. Pedestrian movement and outdoor dining also contribute to a laneway culture within Freemasons Lane,” said Masullo.

Another signature design element is the rooftop terrace, a breathable, sanctuary space accessible by tenants which aims to connect people with the environment and can be used to meet, contemplate and celebrate.

“It’s a unique point of difference from other CBD office towers, enhancing the fresh air and collaborative spaces available to tenants,” Masullo says.

The building’s bold form has been broken down and articulated through close analysis of existing site conditions and analysis of adjacent heritage buildings. The podium is divided into three blocks of various scales – a glass lobby with canopy, intricate brickwork, and a soft transparent mesh – with each block’s materiality derived from the streetscape.

83 Pirie Street is the latest in Woods Bagot’s prolific contribution to Adelaide. Since its foundation in South Australia in 1869, the studio has been responsible for Adelaide’s most iconic architecture, beginning with St Peter’s Cathedral in 1869, to the studio’s current work on the Adelaide Central Market Arcade redevelopment and the Tarrkarri – Centre for First Nations Cultures.

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