FJMT's Commonwealth Bank Place raises the bar for sustainable office design in Sydney
Darling Quarter is a true integration of urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture toward the creation of a public place within the City. It is where the western edge of the City and the Park meet and is celebrated in a series of defined public spaces, including a pedestrian boulevard, parklands, gateway, children's playground, and activated edges lined with cafes and restaurants.
Commonwealth Bank Place is a very different type of office building in a very special location. It is an architecture of human scale, natural materials and of a warmth of character appropriate to the public parkland location. The gently curving facade defines and enhances the public realm with a warmth and transparency unusual in any commercial building. The mullions are made of natural timber and irregularly spaced like rows of trees in a forest. The different scales of the east and west wings respond to and reflect the varying scale of the park and city, united and resolved through the curved roof that draws natural light to the interior.
Commonwealth Bank Place was designed to address a number of environmental initiatives - to reduce energy demand, increase indoor environmental quality, promote a more efficient use of water and resources and ultimately minimise the environmental impact from the whole-of-life of the building.
The building has been recognised as a world leader in environmentally sustainable design and achieved the following Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) ratings: 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 rating; 5 Star Green Star Office Design Interiors v1.1; the first building to achieve 6 Star Geen Star Office As Built v3. The building and fit-out achieve 72% reduction in carbon emissions in operation compared to the average existing Australian office building.
The project extends its sustainability objectives beyond achieving credits to focus on occupant well-being and the creation of an enabling, supportive, and ultimately inspiring place to work, generate and exchange ideas.