When Amex vacated the premises in 2016, building owners AFIAA tasked Custance Associates Australia with reinvigorating the building to align it with current market needs and demands.
Custance director Greg Prerau says AFIAA wanted an A Grade building that would compete with nearby CBD buildings, while also having its own character.
“We enclosed the atrium with a glazed facade at each end, and included operable louvres so the space was naturally ventilated,” says Prerau.
“The basement level retail was rejigged, and the void covered over with an atrium floor, creating an internal courtyard shared between the buildings.”
This gave space for a cafe at the front of the atrium, while further in is an arrangement of seats and desking for informal tenant or client meetings.
A feature of the atrium is a 9m-high green wall, which promotes a sense of calm and assists with cleaning the air of VOCs for a healthy environment.
More health considerations came with the creation of a state-of-the-art end-of-trip facility in the basement level 2. This provides a large bike storage, 102 lockers and drying cupboards, plus hospitality style changing rooms and showers.
“To increase the street presence and sense of entry, the main corner of the three-storey building was demolished and rebuilt with a grand two-storey entrance opening into a new, much larger lobby,”
Encasing this glazed structure in a custom-designed screen of aluminium tiles adds to its prominence, with the pattern and angles of the tiles carefully considered so as to create a sense of movement without the need for mechanics.
The end result of the changes inside and out is a transformation of the building into a highly attractive, integrated commercial and retail facility that now provides an A Grade experience for occupants.
U60, Pyrmont, Sydney
Architect and interior designer
Custance Associates Australia
Facade system by Ausrise Aluminium
Dulux Natural White, Black, Grey Pebble
Euroluce Reggiani, Erco, DesignNation Miniforms, Zumtobel
Polytec laminates, Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz
Equitone on core; custom external metal screen by Ausrise Aluminium
Artedomus, Interface, Metz
Rimex Metals, Earp Bros, Equitone
Stua, Ross Gardam from Stylecraft; Vuue, Lapalma from Zenith; Lacividina from Ownworld
Marcus Clinton; Mark Syke
25 Aug, 2019