Flexibility from Side-Core Arrangement Maximizes Potential Use: Olderfleet, Melbourne
Session: F: Best Tall Building Award By Function: Office, Part 2
Development Director, Mirvac Construction
Managing Partner, Grimshaw Architects
Olderfleet is designed as one of Melbourne’s exclusive commercial buildings. Its Collins Street address comprises the existing ‘Olderfleet Buildings’, significant heritage fabric which is respectfully restored and unified with a new 40-storey workplace tower. Situated between the heritage and contemporary buildings is a 25-metre-high atrium which serves as the lobby. It’s light-filled interior heralds the premium experience on offer, providing comfort and convenience akin to a fine hotel. Replete with facilities such as a wellness center, childcare, dining, retail, business lounge, end-of-trip facilities, free health stations, and co-working spaces, the design of Olderfleet approaches health and wellbeing in a holistic way and is informed by anticipated advances in workplace technology, methodology and sociology.
The floorplates are designed to create highly flexible, contiguous space with the interior quality of having fire stairs elevated so they may form part of the tenant fit out and circulation experience, promoting an active, healthy workplace. The position and configuration of a side-core arrangement maximizes the flexibility of the floorplates and allows optimal natural light and views. This lets tenants reconfigure fit outs or subdivide floors for sub-lease – a design approach that has been successfully tested with the event of COVID-19 and the need for COVID safe workplaces.
Olderfleet is the first building in Australia to achieve a Platinum WELL pre-certification for the base building due to its incorporation of numerous health and wellbeing initiatives, including promotion of active workplaces, improved air quality, health stations for tenants, access to facilities such as childcare and gym, and carefully selected low-VOC interior materials and finishes. The project also targets six-star Green Star, five-star NABERS Energy, and four-star NABERS Water ratings. The conservation and refurbishment of the preexisting heritage buildings on-site also support strategies to reduce carbon emissions.