"An ingenious elevation of commercial typology to something characteristically, almost neurotically, intense and delicate"
Rachel Hurst, Architecture Australia

AM60

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Details

Donovan Hill - Donovan Hill merged with BVN in 2013
Client
Trinity Development Group
Location
Albert Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Completion
January 2007 - August 2009
Value
$180,000,000.00
Services
Full Architectural Services
Size

24,550m² GFA

21,213m² NLA

Description

AM60 is a 20 level high-rise office development providing a highly efficient and flexible work environment that is tailored to contribute to its specific place in Brisbane’s CBD. Positioned on the corner of Albert and Margaret streets, AM60 responds to the particular character of each of its street settings.

This circumstantial response has resulted in the major Albert Street frontage identified by a flush glazed ‘shadowbox’ façade in the tower, and a linear and elevated ‘street building’ that offers substantial protection over an extended footpath. Margaret Street forms vary in response to orientation and context, resulting in a tactile, light reactive tower façade made of slab projections and independent concrete sunshade elements, and a detailed brick building that adds to the qualities of the street, which includes smaller scale heritage listed buildings.

A typical office floor allows occupation on each façade, and permits large flexible floor space where occupants can be planned as a community of people in both single and multiple tenant arrangements around a central core. At ground level, the building accommodates multiple functions that engage with the public realm, such as retail and restaurants, while also facilitating the functional servicing of the building.

AM60 was designed by Donovan Hill. Donovan Hill merged with BVN in 2013.

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Location

Albert Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Awards

2010
Think Brick Commercial Masonry Award
2011
RAIA Brisbane Commercial Architecture Commendation
RAIA National Commercial Architecture Commendation
RAIA QLD Architecture Award

Brief Elements

  • Commercial offices
  • Corporate Lobby
  • Ground Level Retail
  • Rooftop Garden
  • Offset Mullion Facade Glazing
  • Shadowbox Spandrel Detail

Summary

  • Hybrid podium-tower strategy yields opportunities for the public life of the street to extend above the ground floor lobby
  • Façade construction systems include sheer curtain wall glazing, textural concrete sun shading and a detailed masonry ‘building’, each of which references the immediate context
  • Large, flexible floor plates accommodate a range of working styles and tenant requirements
  • Key details such as the decorative metal spandrel behind clear glass were afforded via an interactive process requiring construction insight and informed negotiation between architect and subcontractor
  • Delivers powerful enrichments to the building beyond the brief that contribute to the city in subtle but lasting ways
  • PCA Grade: A Grade building

Consultants

Graham Hobbs
Specification Writer
Gamble McKinnon Green
Landscaping
Statewide Surveys
Surveyor
PMM
Surveyor
Bartley Burns
Certifier
Conics
Town Planner
Cundall
Vertical Transportation Engineer
TTM Consulting
Traffic
Advanced Environmental
Environmental Engineer
Arup
Fire
Lincolne Scott
Mechanical, Electrical, Fire and Hydraulic
Hutchinson Builders
Principal Contractor
Alliance Design Group
Structural
Sheehy & Partners Ltd
Consulting Engineers (Brickwork)
Donovan Hill
Architects