A $440 million Hassell-designed office building in Melbourne is now complete, the 720 Bourke Street project features sustainable elements and a contorting glass façade.

Located in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct, west of the CBD, the A Grade office space designed by Hassell Architects is certified for a Six Star Green Star Office Design v3 rating and targeting a 5 star NABERS rating.

The building with a net lettable area of more than 47,000 square metres, will house Medibank as an anchor tenant in addition to a mix of commercial tenants across 22 levels.

The new office building features double-glazed glass, perforated metal screens, metal cladding and timber as well as stone tiling and timber panelling in the lobbies, vertical gardens, 1500 square metres of open garden space and two large greenwalls creating a park atmosphere in the CBD.

A 22-storey central atrium reaching to the top floor allows entry of natural light. The atrium was constructed by erecting a crash deck and a temporary waterproofing canopy wrapping around the tower crane to protect the finishing works below, enabling construction to continue uninterrupted.

ESD elements in the building include underfloor air distribution, BMS and controlled mechanical and electrical systems, green planting, recycled water use, a trigeneration system, photovoltaic cells on the roof and a 230,000-litre storage tank for rainwater catchment and irrigation. 

According to Mr Graham Cottam, Regional Managing Director of Brookfield Multiplex Victoria, the impressive building stands out on the Docklands skyline, adding that the complex project, which commenced in May 2012, was managed in collaboration with Cbus Property to deliver an outstanding outcome.

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