Integrated at the northwest edge of Southern Cross Station, this quality office accommodation occupies the over-rail deck and provides a new connection between Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands.
Providing 20,000 sq m of contemporary workspace, the over-rail development provides excellent transport links and forms a counterpoint to the curvaceous roofline of the station itself.
A lofty, lightweight steel and glass pavilion adjacent to the main structure provides vertical access to a suitably dramatic lobby. As well as housing all reception and circulation cores, it provides access to a new public laneway between Bourke Street Bridge and Collins Street, creating a north–south pedestrian link.
Interiors are light, spacious and enjoy dramatic views to the station’s undulating roofscape and the varied Docklands environment. Both inside and out, the project creates a building that is a sophisticated reflection of its urban context.
Its fully glazed façades allow views out while optimising daylight levels within. The north façade includes large-scale vertical louvres that protect occupants from the predominant solar gain and minimise reflections to the rail yard below.
699 Bourke Street offers an opportunity to bring the built urban form of Docklands closer to Melbourne’s city centre. Our design seeks to help unify the two precincts, delivering a building that not only responds to its urban context, but also delivers premium office space in a newly created address.
Neil Stonell, Partner, Grimshaw.
20,000 sq m (NLA); 35,000 sq m (GFA)