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New AMEX at King st wharf

architect

 

location

King st wharf (on edge of expressway).

date

2008

style

Millennium Deconstructivist 

construction

reinforced concrete frame, curtain wall glazing

type

11 storey 15,000m² commercial tower
 
 
This 11 storey 15,000m² commercial tower, purpose-designed for tenant American Express, is located on a prime CBD site in the highly sought after King Street Wharf precinct. The tower has three retail tenancies at street level, is constructed over an existing four level share basement carpark and accommodates 1,500 people.
The facades have been designed to respond both to solar issues and the close proximity of the building to the Western Distributor ‘North and West’ elevations constructed in glass and zinc, feature operable louvers and sun-shading devices, while the south elevation is constructed in solid precast concrete. The eastern elevation comprising precast concrete with window openings, incorporates the building’s identifying characteristic, orange blades running the height of the building and placed at intervals across the façade to assist with reflectivity and shading. The building features numerous shades of orange on the face and faced elements, creating a striking shape and depth.

A through site link activates the precinct and the construction of the building, less than 2m from the Western Distributor, required a detailed approach to both acoustic design and construction methods in order to create the desired outcomes.
Richness and diversity is achieved in the articulation of building form while maintaining a cohesive urban environment. The building is enlivened by the strong colours and interesting materials incorporated. The external blade screen on the eastern façade of 6B is a dramatic combination of art and science in response to reflectivity and solar issues and the proximity of the building to the Western Distributor.
The strong emphasis on passive solar control in the building façades continues the sound environmental response of existing buildings at King Street Wharf. The balcony areas on the office building provide amenity, visible activity and the opportunity to incorporate naturally ventilated spaces in the future.
 
 

 

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