The Building

Representing an irreplaceable part of Melbourne’s rich architectural heritage, the row of Victorian buildings that have lined Collins St since the 1880s recently underwent their most significant makeover to date.

Under the watchful eye of Grimshaw Architects, the buildings were reimagined as part of ‘Olderfleet’, a 58,000sqm commercial development by Mirvac.

Now constituting the new building’s facade, these original structures have been joined by a striking 38-storey glass tower, along with all the latest amenities and technologies expected in a Premium Grade office building.

The Requirement

Olderfleet also represents the cutting edge of sustainable design. The first building in Australia to achieve a Platinum Core and Shell WELL Pre-Certification, it was also designed to achieve a 6 Star Green Star, 5 Star NABERS energy rating and 4 Star NABERS water rating.

Considering all of this, it is no wonder that a lot of thought went into the choice of shading solutions for Olderfleet. As was the case for the rest of the fitout, the designers sought window covering products that would contribute not just in terms of aesthetic appeal, but also environmental performance. They wanted something that would help improve the thermal efficiency of the building.

The Solution

Grimshaw chose Verosol’s 123 Earth Screen fabric for the entire facility. Part of the supplier’s Core collection, the fabric was developed in Europe to the highest quality standard. PVC-free and flame retardant, it features a distinctive woven screen-like construction, and a decorative textile appearance. The seven floors of the building that are occupied by the major tenant, Deloitte feature fully automated dual blinds, while the rest of the Olderfleet building is fitted with manual blinds.

Project details

Project: Olderfleet by Mirvac

Location: 477 Collins Street, Melbourne

Architect: Grimshaw Architects

Green Star: 5 Star Green Star | 5.5 Star NABERS Energy Rating | Platinum WELL Certification

Area: 58,000 m² | 40 Levels

Window Coverings: Chain-operated Ambience roller blinds – standard and multi-link systems; motorised and automated Ambience twin roller blinds at Deloitte fitout

Featured Fabrics:

  • 123 Earth Screen – Onyx Bronze – custom colour developed by Verosol for the project
  • 737 Veropaque Blockout – 8500 Charcoal Black