Olderfleet →, a new workplace designed by Grimshaw for Mirvac, has been announced as the winner of the Best Tall Buildings 100-199 category at the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) conference held in Chicago over the past days.
As part of the 2022 CTBUH International Conference, ‘Tall Excellence: Seeking the Ideal in Vertical Urbanism’, the Awards Program recognises extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment through an independent review of new projects, judged by a prestigious panel of experts.
“After eight years of collaboration between Mirvac and Grimshaw to bring Olderfleet to life, it was a remarkable experience to present the project with Mirvac at the CTBUH conference, and an absolute triumph to have the expertise, creativity and tenacity of our teams recognised by way of this award.”
Neil Stonell, Managing Partner, Grimshaw
"We are thrilled to have Olderfleet recognised by the CTBUH on this global stage, and it’s a testament to the collaboration between the talented visionaries at Grimshaw, our own development team and our fantastic partners, Deloitte. Olderfleet sets a new standard in workplace design, bringing together heritage, smart technology and show-stopping art and architecture. It’s a place where brilliant minds and overall wellness thrives, and it’s a very proud moment for Mirvac, as we also announce the building’s WELL Platinum Certification."
Campbell Hanan, Head of Integrated Investment Portfolio, Mirvac
Recently announced by the International WELL Building Institute, Olderfleet has achieved WELL Platinum Certification – achieved through a performance-based system that involves on-site measuring, certifying and monitoring of building features that impact human health and wellbeing through seven concepts: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
The stringently measured evidenced-based process runs from the inception of the design process through to occupancy and requires a high level of collaboration between the client and key consultants.
This is the second international award for Olderfleet, following its win in the Office category at the World Architecture Awards last year. Leading Australian developer and building owner, Mirvac alongside co-owner, Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust (Suntec REIT), and in close collaboration with anchor tenant, Deloitte, engaged the Grimshaw design team on the Olderfleet development in 2012.
Situated between the heritage buildings and the new tower is a 25-metre-high atrium; a light-filled lobby that provides legibility of the repurposed heritage fabric and grounds the new tower elements to create an exciting juxtaposition while unifying 58,000sqm of flexible office and third spaces.
Within the lobby, the restored heritage façade is opened up and serviced by new lifts and stairs to maximise the internal floor plates of the integrated heritage fabric while the lobby itself hosts and provides direct connection to cafes, restaurants and bars, a business lounge, and wellness, childcare and premium end-of-trip facilities.
Within the new tower, the future-focused design for Olderfleet comprises three vertical workplace neighbourhoods, each designed in response to unique tenant requirements.
Expansive client floors with recessed external terraces are situated between each neighbourhood to accentuate the massing. Floorplates are designed to create highly flexible, contiguous space. with the interior quality of fire stairs elevated so they may also form part of the tenant fitout and circulation experience.
This optimises the area and flexibility of the floorplates to promote an active, healthy workplace.
The position and configuration of a side-core arrangement further enhances the highly flexible floorplates and allows for optimal natural light and views, allowing the creation of workspaces that not only significantly foster collaboration and productivity, but which may also provide for future workplace needs.
The integration of smart technology optimises the quality of Olderfleet’s built environment through better air flow, air purification, and energy use. A more lyrical approach to the quality of the built environment is demonstrated by ‘Solar’, an artwork by internationally renowned UK-based artist, Wolfgang Buttress. Created specifically for Olderfleet’s lobby, ‘Solar’, is a suspended sphere that harnesses natural light and responds to the real-time building data feed of solar radiation, connecting those that journey through the lobby with the environmental aspirations for Olderfleet.
Designed as a future-workplace precinct to create a highly flexible, rich urban-community experience, Olderfleet connects workers with the grandeur of Melbourne’s Victorian architecture to provide an internationally recognised ideal in vertical urbanism.