Located by the river in the heart of downtown, the building designed by Hassell responds to the local environment by reducing its energy profile. It uses the river to help cool the interior, incorporates a green roof that maintains habitat and reduces its cooling load via shading devices. Productivity gains are also expected to directly result from the building design.
The 82,000 square meter interior has received a 6 Green Star rating for its innovative design. It’s focused around a huge central ‘common’ that creates a campus-like atmosphere to encourage more human interaction. The daylit space has multiple levels for employees to relax or meet in a casual but sophisticated environment. The building’s reused timber façade and relatively low profile are welcome design approaches that have netted the project multiple architectural awards.