A ‘crystalline lantern’ shines in Melbourne

Nick Myall
Thursday 14 Dec 2017

This new landmark building in Melbourne has created an environment in which business can flourish

Beneath the glistening surface of Collins Square’s Tower 2 is a high-performance building for the most discerning tenants. Collins Square is one of Australia’s largest commercial mixed-use developments, covering an entire city block of Melbourne’s coveted Collins Street. A standout among its cluster of towers is the striking, 38-storey Tower 2, designed by HASSELL to make a mark on the city – and create the ideal environment for business to flourish.

A shimmering landmark on the city’s skyline

The top 11 floors have been conceived as a ‘crystalline lantern’ to cap the building. This delineation between the upper and lower floors breaks up the bulk of the tower – the tallest of five at Collins Square.

The distinctive design also means Tower 2 is instantly recognisable from vantage points across the city.

Driving the evolution of Melbourne’s Docklands precinct

HASSELL Principal Ingrid Bakker said Tower 2 is a jewel in the urban fabric of Melbourne’s Docklands, a precinct that continues to evolve as the heart of the CBD shifts west.

“As the tallest tower in one of Australia’s biggest mixed use developments, Tower 2 is impressive not only in scale, but also in its design quality,” Ingrid said.

“(Anchor tenant) KPMG was attracted to a landmark design that is instantly recognisable and HASSELL is proud to be involved in another city shaping project that’s part of the continuing revitalisation of Melbourne’s Docklands,” she said.

A future-proofed tower to attract and retain the best tenants

All floors can be subdivided to adapt to changes in leasing arrangements, and they’re easily modified for the ‘activity based working’ approach now favoured by so many companies.

Several multi-level tenancies are also connected by sweeping, spiral staircases that encourage daily movement and interaction between floors.

Healthy working that’s easy and efficient

The tower – with its efficient water practices and abundant light and fresh air – has a 5 Star Green Star rating. In fact, Collins Square overall has the highest concentration of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. The tower’s healthy working environment includes the option for a ‘winter garden’ within the tenancies – an open-air terrace carved within the facade.

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