Striking Brisbane Office Tower Design
Designed by Cox Rayner Architects, the Brisbane high rise office tower built with aesthetic, environmental and workplace benefits would lure prospective tenants. The tower’s structure is organic in that the columns twist and turn up its 45 storey height, emerging through the roof to form a tree like canopy. The resulting filigree of structure reflects the city’s two iconic Fig Trees in the building’s forecourt, but the rationale for the concept was initially pragmatic.
The concept evolved with several attributes. The columns in the web are abnormally thin at 600 – 400 wide, maximising views to the river. Less concrete is required than in conventional typologies entailing reduced embodied energy in construction. Overall the tower is currently measured to be above 6 star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Design Rating System.