The EY Centre
by Lakshmi Menon
The term business district often generates an imagery of skylines dotted with steel-grey, extensively glazed, monolithic office towers. Their potential to engage with the human scale—to improve well-being and contribute to the urban streetscape and natural environment—is vastly untapped.
The EY Centre presents a climate-responsive office tower typology that derives its materiality of form from its urban context, engendering a warm and humane workplace whilst activating the ground plane.
Located at the edge of Sydney’s Tank Stream (the first water source of New South Wales), the 36-storey building embraces its historical setting in its use of traditional materials such as timber, wood and glass, in conjunction with advanced technology systems. The tight, irregular-shaped site comprises two rounded rectangular towers with office spaces facing northwest. This advantageously maximises daylight exposure while providing spectacular views towards the waterfront harbour.
|Project Name||The EY Center|
|Location||22 June 2016|
|Gross Floor Area||43,935 square meters|
|Building Height||155 meters|
|Client/Owner||Mirvac Property Trust and AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund|
|Architectural Firm||Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp Pty Ltd|
|Principal Architects||Richard Francis-Jones|
|Main Contractor||Mirvac Constructions Pty Lmiited|
|Mechanical &Electrical Engineer||Arup|
|Civil &Structural Engineer||BG&E|
|Images/Photos||Demas Rusli; Owen Sharp; John Gollings; Rodrigo Vargas; Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp Pty Ltd|