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Brisbane office building provides a sustainable solution for a subtropical climate
This sophisticated 32-story Brisbane office building both pays tribute to the local history and provides a progressive solution for the city’s subtropical climate. Fashioned as a tower-on-podium, it is situated in an an historical business district and houses the heritage-listed Turbot Street Fruit Market shed within its street-level floors (being repurposed for food and beverage offerings).
Taking cues from the early 20th-century site’s original roof form, the 5,500sqm area designated for retail and studio spaces protects the authentic edifice and mitigates wind and rain with a glazed canopy. The podium is publicly accessible from three different points and includes indoor landscaping to alleviate pedestrian traffic and create a friendly environment.
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The tower is conceived as a vertical community with two parallel volumes connected by atriums and outdoor terraces. The design embraces the climate by allowing cooling breezes inside with operable windows and natural air ventilation systems. So that employees are comfortable, a double-glazed treatment was integrated into its exterior to ward off the harsh sun. Tenants that inhabit floors with access to internal green spaces can also create an indoor-outdoor environment when weather allows.
Both the tower and podium have enhanced setbacks to increase the amount of natural light that penetrates the internal floor space and is aiming for a 6 Star Green Star rating.