An Australian first, Midtown Centre sets a benchmark in adaptive reuse, representing a new era of sustainably designed commercial office space.
The project re-purposes two ageing inner-city office towers by strategically merging them, upgrading the inefficient façade and services infrastructure to align with GreenStar, WELL and NABERS targets. The result is the creation of single macro commercial floorplates with improved access to daylight and natural ventilation.The heritage-listed Walter Reid facade has also been respectfully reconditioned, improving the connection within its context and exposing it as part of the interior laneway experience.
Landscape has been used to mark various transitions between old and new structures in key locations. This includes a ‘green seam’ which runs vertically down the middle of the building in addition to 3,000 square metres of activated greenery across outdoor terraces, double-height sky gardens, mixed-mode atriums and balconies.
The creation of an internal, publicly accessible link between Mary and Charlotte streets provides the ‘missing piece’, connecting seven city blocks through a collection of laneways. This repositioning has elevated the urban experience, activating the laneway to engage with the public realm through a highly permeable streetscape.
Photography by Angus Martin, Milli Stuurop (Fender Katsalidis)
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