Mar 29, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by John Gollings
  • Designer SJB
  • Architect NH Architecture, Bates Smart

CBW is designed to revitalise a neglected part of Melbourne, injecting new life, colour and energy into this important corner site. The two new towers frame a lively multi-level heart, building on Melbourne’’s laneway tradition.

181 William Street is a 26 level split-core office tower. The tower is clad in a rich and varied palette of glasses developed to link the building to the urban and natural environment. The range of seven colours to the spandrel and vision glass has been distributed in a manner inspired by dot painting techniques of indigenous art.

The second tower, 550 Bourke Street, is configured to ensure maximum sun penetration to the public space below. The tower has a slim profile and curved facade, giving it a distinctly different shape and treatment from its neighbour at 181 William Street.

The whole precinct incorporates passive and mechanical environmentally sustainable principles to deliver a 5-star Green Star rated building.

The key design aim for the ground plane is for successful integration with surrounding precincts. The location of points of entry and the high level of permeability across the site provides for a multi-level activation of the sheltered, attractive public domain at the centre of the site

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