Olderfleet   Melbourne, Australia

Creating an exclusive office building for Melbourne’s CBD, this project creates approximately 58,000 square metres of premium 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 modules that express the internal organisation of the building.

The tenant-focused design incorporates a vertical village concept, with the tower split into three separate neighbourhoods which respond to specific tenant requirements, providing them with a unique identity within the overall building.

Three expansive client floors with generous floor-to-floor heights and recessed external terraces are introduced between the neighbourhoods, further breaking down the mass of the tower and delineating vertical tenant neighbourhoods within the building.

At ground level, a permeable face to Collins Street creates an active urban frontage that leads to a light-filled lobby, 25-metre-high atrium while providing a through-site connection to Flinders Lane.

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 while providing an internationally recognised new normal workplace that nurtures, supports and engages its occupants.

Sustainability Case Study →

Integrating state-of-the-art technology, sustainability features and amenities, Olderfleet is one of Australia’s leading smart buildings while integrating with its heritage setting.


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 studios.

"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


2023 Award Winner, Civic Trust Awards

2022 Best Building 100-199 Meters, CTBUH Awards

2021 Office – Completed Buildings, World Architecture Festival Awards

2021 Commercial Architecture (Large) Award, Sustainability Awards

2021 Highly Commended, Best Adaptive Reuse, Sustainability Awards

2021 Interior Architecture Award, AIA Victorian Architecture Awards

Melbourne, Australia

Project Type
Workplace →

Interior designer
Grimshaw with Carr


58,000 sq m

170 m