180 Brisbane is a 34 level commercial office tower, with 3 levels of retail and 5 levels of basement parking and estimated construction cost of $300m. Crone designed the building in 2010 for Japanese client Daisho and construction giants Watpac; due for completion November 2015. Crone have worked collaboratively with Watpac on a number of significant Commercial Office buildings in Australia, including the Telstra Tower at 275 George Street Brisbane and 333 George Street in Sydney. 333 George Street is also under construction and due for completion this year.
180B is ambitious, gutsy and a highly intelligent building. The tower will be Brisbane’s first 6 Star Green Star V3 Office certified building and aiming for a 5.5 Star NABERS Energy Rating. This is the highest sustainability rating attainable through the Green Building Council of Australia’s rating system and described as “World’s Best Practice”.
The structural design is innovative—using a side core to straddle the Brisbane railway lines that run directly under the site. The lift cores act as a beam to span over the railway tracks. Crone worked with Hyder structural engineers to develop this system and a series of large diagonal trusses to support the typical floor plates, which in turn helped unlock the opportunities of the site. The resulting floor plates are regular in shape, open planned and saturated with light and good views. This strategic thinking at project inception enabled Crone to win the project through a Design Review Phase against 6 major architectural firms in Australia. Other key issues that informed the design were overshadowing of King Georges Park, the requirement for a through-site link, and wind amelioration.
The Brisbane River super graphic, so dominant on the facade and no doubt controversial, becomes a theme throughout the development. This signature facade makes the building easily recognisable from a distance. A very bold idea— the Brisbane River is pixelated on the North Eastern facade of the building through the use of a Frit on the glass. The Frit on the curtain wall panels is a rain drop pattern, following the theme of water and sustainability. The building itself has already been nicknamed the “Brisbane River Tower”
When complete, this iconic building will truly transform the CBD and set a new standard for commercial buildings.
Below are aerial images of the building under construction: