"The mechanics of seismic structural integrityforms an integral part of the aesthetic," says the architect. "Once, thick steel beams would have been hidden away. Now, however, they're proudly exposed. After all, we get emotional comfort from entering a building supported with heavy steel."
In fact, braced steel frames have many advantages over concrete, says Marshall. They're created off site, with high precision. And building with them is cheaper and quicker, as is repairing them.
"When steel is damaged in an earthquake, any compromised sections can be cut out and replaced a less expensive option than trying to fix or replace a concrete shear wall," he says.
Animating the glass, steel and bronze facade, the building's distinctive solar shading optimises natural daylight and limits solar gain. It also references similar elements on the former Scales House that had previously occupied the inner-city site.
Sustainable design solutions are seen on the building's interior, too. Precast double-tee concrete ceilings are exposed to increase thermal mass while further visually expressing the structural make-up of the building.
In terms of occupancy, the top floor is taken up by another tenant, Holmes, while Warren and Mahoney occupy part of the first floor with quantity surveyors RLB in the remaining portion. Warren and Mahoney then share the building's ground floor with consulting engineers NDY and Made cafe.