The dichroic facade is fully installed and hoardings have come down. Construction has moved onto the interior: ‘Cold Shell’ fit-outs are underway; the cast-glass columns are fully installed, and work on the lobby is nearly done. Head down to Martin Place to have a look!
A redevelopment of the site, a 23 level office tower built in 1971, originally designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker as the ANZ Headquarters. Crone sought to address an outdated design, with inefficient spaces, poor energy efficiency, and diminished value, that was out-of-step with the grandeur of Martin Place.
The draft code required all buildings above the Sun Access Planes to be demolished down to the Sun Access Plane. To out-wit this restrictive LEP that would have required a much smaller building envelope, Crone sought to retain and re-skin the existing structure. By relocating the core and extending the floorplate to the north, Crone added 160sqm of NLA to the existing plate, creating a more flexible floorplate for activity-based workplaces.
Crone sought to include environmentally sustainable strategies early in the design stages through our Intergrated Sustinable Design process, allowing us to achieve 5 Star Green Star Design and 5 Star NABERS without compromising the brief.
These strategies included:
The design process included extensive facade studies, modelling and testing with a 1:1 mock-up.
Crone negotiated to avoid a design competitive through design excellence initiatives, including introducing a recognised glass design specialist James Carpenter.
A new, high-performing, environmentally responsive facade system incorporates dichroic glass and cast glass columns to create a beautifully luminous face to Martin Place. A flagship bank and retail tenancies along the ground floor activate both Martin Place & Hosking Lane.