8 Chifley Square, Sydney | Mirvac Case Studies

Commercial heart

Acquiring the Goodsall Building on the site in XX gave Mirvac an exciting opportunity on which to stamp its mark in Sydney's commercial heart. The existing 1970s building had few, if any, redeeming features. The decision to raze and develop the site triggered a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition. Conditions were driven by site area and height allowances with floor space bonuses awarded for demonstrable commitment to sustainability, public art and enhancing the ground-level domain.

Mirvac's brief called for a distinctive premium building with real environmental results. One of the defining aspects of its masterplan was the 'reverse podium' - an open area at ground level connecting the building to the city. This planning coup ensured the floors above could be built to the maximum floor-plate allowance. Five firms were invited to participate and all entrants were obliged to work with this guideline.

Vertical Village

Relatively small floor plates of 700sqm further prompted the need to offer inter-floor connection, which introduced the virtue of adaptability. Even during the construction phase, two, three or four floor plates could be combined to interest tenants wanting 2000sqm or more. “That's where the concept of the 'villages' comes into its own,” says Richard Rogers. “They promote a flexible working environment that can respond quickly to changing demands of the marketplace over time. We now have villages stacking up into the sky and that's a very unusual, and a very positive, experience.”

When considering the work environment, the architects and Mirvac wanted something fundamentally different to the traditional norm of ordinary floors studded with cellular offices and cubicles. Mezzanines and voids were explored to allow an abundance of controlled natural daylight, views through and out of the building and a stronger relationship to the outdoor environment.

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    • Winner: Excellence in Construction Awards – Commercial Buildings $80,000,001 - $150,000,000 - Master Builder's Australia
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    • Property Development Award - API Excellence in Property Awards
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    • Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards - Innovative Development - Urban Taskforce Australia
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    • Architecture Commercial (Constructed) - Sydney Design Awards Winner: Large Commercial - BPN Sustainability Awards
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    • AIQS Infinite Value Awards - Engineering Excellence - Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
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    • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Annual Awards - Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
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    • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Annual Awards - Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
AWARDS – 2015

Following the completion of the project 8 Chifley has been recognised for its innovation and design excellence with a number of industry awards including:

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  • UDIA Awards for Excellence - Retail/ Commercial Development - Urban Development Institute of Australia
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  • National Architecture Awards - National Award for Commercial Architecture - Australian Institute of Architects
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  • NSW Architecture Awards - Sir Arthur G. Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture Commercial Architecture - Australian Institute of Architects
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  • NSW Architecture Awards - Sustainable Architecture Colourbond Award for Steel - Australian Institute of Architects
Awards – 2014

Following the completion of the project 8 Chifley has been recognised for its innovation and design excellence with a number of industry awards including:

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  • Australian Development of the Year - Property Council of Australia 
    Winner: Best Office Development - Property Council of Australia

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  • Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings - Property Council of Australia Winner: Best Office Architecture Australia - Asia Pacific Property Awards
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  • Best Commercial High Rise Development Australia - Asia Pacific Property Awards
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  • Winner: Best Office Development - Asia Pacific Property Awards
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  • National Professional Excellence Award – Commercial Construction $100m plus Category - Australian Institute of Building
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    • Awards: Winner
    • Winner: Excellence in Construction Awards – Commercial Buildings $80,000,001 - $150,000,000 - Master Builder's Australia
    • Awards: Winner
    • Property Development Award - API Excellence in Property Awards
    • Awards: Winner
    • Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards - Innovative Development - Urban Taskforce Australia
    • Awards: Winner
    • Architecture Commercial (Constructed) - Sydney Design Awards Winner: Large Commercial - BPN Sustainability Awards
    • Awards: Winner
    • AIQS Infinite Value Awards - Engineering Excellence - Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
    • Awards: Finalist
    • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Annual Awards - Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
    • Awards: Finalist
    • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Annual Awards - Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat