444 Queen Street
Fender Katsalidis has been appointed by PGIM to transform an existing office tower into a vibrant and engaging contemporary workplace that will breathe new life into the heart of Brisbane City.
450 Queen Street was built in 1976 and is located on the north-east fringe of the Golden Triangle, just outside the city’s financial district. The site’s exceptional visual presence from both the Brisbane River and within the Golden Triangle makes it one of Brisbane’s most identifiable yet underutilised commercial buildings. Its south-east orientation enables its commercial floorplates to be reconfigured, benefiting from both river views and soft natural light.
The proposal for the existing tower is to replace the dilapidated exterior of the building with a curtain wall facade. The floor plates will be increased in area to capture commercial upgrades while strengthening the building’s structure. A new podium will be created to align with the adjoining facades of the neighbouring buildings, while improving the building’s street presence.
Through adaptive reuse, the implementation of sustainability principles and initiatives like ‘Buildings That Breathe’, the new 450 workplace environment will optimise the site aspect, access to natural light and connection to the outdoors in a way that prioritises occupant wellness.
A new rooftop canopy will create a sculpted addition to the skyline while taking advantage of Brisbane’s subtropical climate by providing access to generous communal outdoor space with living green edges designed in collaboration with landscape architects Lat 27.
By re-engaging and activating the ground plane, the generous glazed lobby frontage and flexible business lounge will make 450 Queen Street a desirable workplace in an everchanging post-Covid marketplace.