Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners celebrates opening of first completed tower in Australia
A 34-storey commercial tower by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has officially opened its doors in Sydney, marking the first completed project in Australia for RSHP. The immense structure is the result of a partnership between RSHP, Lippmann Associates and Mirvac Design, and is characterised by a 6-storey void at the base and a criss-cross pattern of vivid scarlet steel beams.
The basis of this new public space is replicated midway up the form and again at the top, creating relaxing social venues for the building users. These are prime areas for unobstructed views across the city of Sydney however the glass-rich form also enables panoramic sightlines from many points.
Two modules of 12 and 9 floor are stacked one above the other, with the total number of floors split into seven ‘villages’ composed of 3-storey workspaces. Each cluster of three floors shares communal facilities with vertical integration between storeys. On level 18 there is a ‘village square’; a central meeting point where employees from differing villages can meet for social or informal discussion.
A statement from RSHP describes 8 Chifley thus: “It is the first completed building in Australia featuring the distinctive design philosophy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners but remains a project very much of its place. The distinctive red bracing of the exterior of the building reveals the structural skeleton of 8 Chifley, combining structural efficiency, elegance, and most importantly highly functional space planning.”
The project has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 certified rating and is committed to reaching a 5 Star NABERS Energy Rating. Officially opened on Tuesday 29 October 2013, the project was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. An announcement that data, analytics and software firm Quantium was to occupy levels 6-8 (2,594 sq m) of 8 Chifley in August meant that 70% of the tower was leased. There are a limited number of units still available.