An Australian first, Midtown Centre sets a benchmark in adaptive reuse, representing a new era of sustainably designed commercial office space.
Re-purposing two ageing inner-city office towers by strategically merging them has resulted in the creation of single macro commercial floorplates, and an exemplar of how to sustainably repurpose an underutilised asset into an innovative, contemporary workplace with minimised environmental impact.
AM Brisbane CBD Investments
Turrbal and Yuggera peoples
Urban Development Institute of Australia National Awards, Winner - Urban Renewal, 2023
Property Council of Australia Awards, Finalist - Best New Development, 2023
Property Council of Australia Awards, Finalist - Best Office Development, 2023
Property Council of Australia Awards, Finalist - Best Sustainable Development, 2023
Property Council of Australia Awards, Finalist - Project Innovation, 2023
Australian Institute of Architects Brisbane Regional Awards, The Lord Mayor's Buildings That Breathe Architecture Prize, 2022
Urban Development Institute of Australia QLD Awards, Finalist - Best Development, 2022
Urban Development Institute of Australia QLD Awards, Finalist - Urban Renewal, 2022
Master Builders Queensland Awards, Winner - Commercial Construction - $60M+, 2022
The Urban Developer Awards, Winner - Excellence in Sustainability, 2022
The Urban Developer Awards, Winner - Excellence in Design Innovation, 2022
The Urban Developer Awards, Finalist - Development of the Year - Commercial, 2022
The Urban Developer Awards, Finalist - Development of the Year - Urban Regeneration, 2022
Sustainability Awards, Finalist - Adaptive Reuse (Alteration/Addition), 2022
Sustainability Awards, Commercial Architecture (Large), 2022
By combining the former Departments of Health and Forestry buildings via podium, central atrium and exterior facade, the intervention seamlessly connects the existing slabs with a new infill and an additional seven levels above it to create a single 26-storey commercial office tower.
The creation of an internal, publicly accessible link between Mary and Charlotte streets has elevated the urban experience, activating the laneway to engage with the public realm through a highly permeable streetscape, whilst also providing the missing piece, connecting seven city blocks through a collection of laneways. Midtown Centre’s laneway also doubles as a canvas for local Queensland and Australian artists, continuing the city’s art trail.
Landscape is used to mark various transitions between old and new structures in key locations. This includes a ‘green seam’ which runs vertically down the middle of the building. The modern building design supports health and wellbeing through features such as external terraces, mixed mode atria and collaborative environments.
The structural design and construction techniques allowed for large campus-style floorplates, a unique offering in the Brisbane CBD office market. The typical floorplate has been expanded to enhance the NLA from 26,000sqm to 46,000sqm.
Compared with a demolish and rebuild scenario, Midtown Centre achieves a significant impact reduction across all environmental indicators, achieving the benchmarks of 5 Star NABERS Energy, 4.5 Star NABERS Water and 5 Star Greenstar rating.