IN contemporary architecture, design honesty is often the most effective policy. The strength and mass of exposed structural features can have strong aesthetic impact on the presence of a high-rise building the greater the scale, the more impressive the impact.
For Brisbane Square, design and construct contractor Baulderstone Hornibrook created an inner-city landmark with many of its structural elements clearly visible. The development comprises a 40-storey tower, a three-level, low-rise commercial and retail precinct and three basement levels of car parks.
Project director Mike Farrell says the initial schematics and designs for the forward-looking tower were developed by architects Denton Corker Marshall. These were then given structural validation by Qantec McWilliam and transitioned into construction documentation and built by Baulderstone Hornibrook.
Brisbane Square is home to two major tenants. The Brisbane City Council offices are located on floors six to 23 of the tower, while the BCC Library, Customer Service Centre, and Traffic Management Centre have moved into the ground and podium levels. Suncorp is the other major tenant, taking tower floors 24 to 37, some podium space and a banking tenancy at ground level. Around the plaza a series of retail tenancies feature, including food outlets, restaurant-cafes and speciality shops.
"The structure of the tower is essentially its aesthetic expression and it creates a prominent architectural signpost for the area," says Farrell. "At level 29, the high-rise floors start to cantilever over three concrete columns, which rise from level three."