Olderfleet   Melbourne, Australia

Creating an exclusive office building for Melbourne’s CBD, this project accommodates the demand for premium-grade commercial space while integrating with its urban and heritage setting.

Set back from three heritage-listed buildings in Collins Street, collectively known as the Olderfleet Buildings, the 40 storey office tower rises in a configuration of smaller volumes that express the internal organisation of the building.

As well as referencing the surrounding scale of its heritage context, the modulated façade defines the double-height client floors between each volume, which create immediate amenity for each of the vertical ‘neighbourhoods’ within the tower.

A fine rebate extends the full height of the north and south façades. This subtle detail further delineates the building’s scale.

The project creates approximately 58,000 square metres of premium office and retail space. At ground level, a permeable face to Collins Street creates an active urban frontage that leads to a light-filled lobby and atrium while providing a through-site connection to Flinders Lane.

The resulting high-performance, thoughtful design will contribute a valuable asset to Melbourne’s workplace architecture

The initial design for Olderfleet was the result of an internal design charrette, which produced four distinct concepts from Grimshaw's London, New York, Melbourne and Sydney offices.

It was a two week design process and was a great chance to showcase Grimshaw’s international reach and diverse architectural solutions. Four very different designs were generated from the same practice and all held true to Grimshaw ideologies.

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

Melbourne, Australia

Project Type
Workplace →


58,000 sq m

170 m