The Lippmann Partnership-designed 8 Chifley Square is competing for the Smart Building Award at the 2018 Sustainability Awards. The project is a premium grade commercial office tower in the financial centre of Sydney’s central business district.

The site is 1600sqm in area and is situated on the corner of Phillip, Hunter and Elizabeth Street facing north over Chifley Square.

The design concept was generated by the desire to create a highly stimulating twenty first century workplace in a building which contributes to the public domain whilst being energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.

Some 70 percent of the site’s ground plane is publicly accessible with the first office floor plate elevated 20m above the ground. The so-called “reverse podium” at street level offers shade in summer and sun in winter and is a valuable extension of the city’s public realm.

The core is pushed to the southern boundary of the site providing an unencumbered north facing floor plate which maximises usability and flexibility. 

The core accommodates toilets, services risers, high rise and low rise (glass) lifts with fire stairs located externally as they don’t constitute gross floor area.

The expression of structure, construction and building services throughout the tower make for an honest and “legible” architectural expression.

The virtually clear glass skin is based on a 1500 x 3850 module with transom at floor and ceiling level protected externally by aluminium screens to prevent heat gain and glare.

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About the Awards

The Sustainability Awards is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious awards program dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating excellence in sustainable design and architecture. Nominations received are shortlisted and then winners for each category are announced at a five-star Gala evening hosted this year at the Star, Sydney on 11 October 2018. The daytime event Sustainability Live is a CPD-endorsed education event where industry experts present a range of topics to educate, inform and ignite learning. Buy tickets.