Architects Rothe Lowman White has launched an innovative green building in Melbourne, Australia.
The $90 million office tower features louvers which are designed to follow the sun and thus provide the optimal mix of shade on the glass while allowing natural light to enter the building.
The building consists of approximately 12,600 square meters (135,000 sq ft) of office space and 1,900 square meters (20,000 sq ft) of retail space over seven levels, and is located in the heart of South Melbourne a 10 minute walk from the CBD.
The development has a street level bicycle facility featuring 85 secure bicycle spaces, change rooms and showers.
Internally, a full height atrium allows natural light to enter the heart of the building and filter down to lobby level, where vertical gardens and informal seating areas offer a unique breakout space for the buildings occupants.
Environmental Sustainability is a key feature of the development. With the building designed to achieve a 4.5 star NABERS rating, and the capacity to achieve a 5 star Green Star rating.
Principal and Director of Sustainability, Chris Hayton, said: “As architects and interior designers, we have a responsibility to proactively uphold the integrity of our natural environment. We believe intelligent design and planning are capable of consistently delivering sustainable, environmentally articulate buildings at affordable prices.”
“We are committed to the advancement of environmentally sustainable design (ESD) within the built environment. We are accredited by the National Centre for Sustainability and members of the Green Building Council of Australia.”
“At the core of our approach, is the belief that sustainable design can only be achieved through a comprehensive understanding of the factors that contribute to a building’s impact on the environment, both during construction and throughout the life of the building, once complete.”
“To ensure ESD measures are properly considered, projects are evaluated during the design and documentation phases by specialist, in-house sustainability leaders who gauge their performance against a series of set ESD criteria.”
“The objective of these criteria is to minimise the future energy use of any prospective building through passive means. Technology and environmental management systems are then adopted as appropriate to further enhance a building’s environmental performance.”
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