Newly opened in Sydney, Richard Rogers' distinctive red-braced office building at 8 Chifley Square leads the way in world-class workplace architecture. The 34-story construction features three open levels, with the ground level adding a gorgeous greenscape for the public to enjoy. The building was also just awarded the 6 Star Green Office Design v2 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. So, is this the greenest new addition to Sydney's skyline? Read on for more details about this unique design.
The ground floor plaza takes up a six-story void beneath the main tower—a covered but open area similar to that proposed at Rogers’ ‘Cheesegrater’ building (now under construction in London). Ed Lippmann of Lippmann Partnership, who collaborated with award winning architect Rogers on the project, said that the building was “designed specifically for our city, climate and lifestyle,” and that Mirvac Group’s contemporary workplace provides “highly effective initiatives to address the environmental issues of our time.”
At level 18, the ‘village square’ forms the social nexus of the building. This three-story high landscaped space contains an all weather glass pavilion, and the profiled roof creates a similar feel at the top floor terrace to the central and ground floor loggias. The building is designed to take advantage of its north facing site between Elizabeth, Hunter and Phillip Streets, with a transparent facade and high ceilings giving unobstructed views over Sydney.
Sustainability strategies include water reduction, reduced CFC emissions, off-site manufacturing and use of sustainably-sourced materials. Louvred sunscreens on the northwest and west facades help keep the interior cool, and a tri generation system produces electricity on site. Blackwater treatment, rainwater recycling and sub floor chilled air conditioning all help the building’s tout its status as an innovative and resilient workspace.
Photographs © Brett Boardman