It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Date posted: 22/10/08
Its tapering triangular shape grew out of the need to maximise views to the south of the building. The core was positioned on the congested north of the building.
Stirk co-presented the building with David Glover of Arup, the engineer on the project, who explained that the building had to have a better net to gross ratio than other similar buildings. This was achieved by giving it an external structure, and by placing the lavatories in the voids beneath the higher level lifts.
By prefabricating the lavatories, and colouring them blue and red for male and female respectively, the architect was able to express them on the rear facade. `We are keen to make our buildings very legible,´ Stirk explained.
Another key strategic move was to give every floor its own mechanical and electrical plant, something that was made possible by the increasing miniaturisation of such plant.
The building has generous public space on the lower floors, with offices above. Although in many ways this building is at the cutting edge, Glover does not believe that it is an exemplar for the future. `In five years we won`t be building like this,´ he said. `The pressure will be to have a wider mix of uses.´