What’s Shaping Workplace Design in 2017?

Rothelowman’s Michael Banak on What’s Shaping Workplace Design in 2017

rothelowman – cracking the matrix

Rothelowman have 140 staff in offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The Melbourne office has over 80 staff and is located in a warehouse building in Southbank, featuring a beautiful truss roof. The architecture and interiors of the office fit-out showcase the firms skills in commercial design and their ability to create wonderful spaces to be in.

This is my 4th week at Rothelowman and with my business partner Ben Pomroy we aim to grow the business in NSW, through innovative and creative thinking – an emerging design firm in the Sydney market. Rothelowman has 25 years of experience in a variety of project types including; residential, commercial, retail, master plan and mixed-use. Our ability to integrate Interior Design with Architecture, provides our clients with a holistic approach to design.

I posted a photo on Instagram when I visited the Melbourne office last week and could not believe the attention it received. Generally happy to receive 20 likes…. actually even 1 is good!. This photo cracked the matrix, gaining over 1000 likes. I believe this was a sign, I had made the right choice to move to Rothelowman, but happy to hear of any other reasons for this anomaly?

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connected with the philippines

International Experience
A Global Challenge Opportunity

Right now, the world is more connected than our ancestors dared to imagine. At CRONE, we aren’t limited by boundaries of distance, culture or dialect; in fact, we’ve found that working with new climates, lifestyles and values encourages us to expand our thinking in every aspect of what we do.

Our international experience has seen us lead projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Be it a major urban planning initiative, office tower, retail precinct or a residential dwelling, our designers are determined to improve the world’s cities, one building at a time. With such diversity, each project is unique and involves in-person consultations, responding creatively to local needs and the nuances of culture.

We established a presence in Manila in the 90s, undertaking a number of major master planning projects. In the last 10 years Crone have designed a number of significant Premier Grade residential towers, commercial office buildings and urban masterplan Projects in both Manila and Cebu. At the core of our design methodology is promoting a collaborative Design Process that promotes sensitivity to the environment. The Arya Residences for example achieved both a LEED Gold Star and BERDE rating and has won multiple awards in Asia.

10 – years crone have been working in the Philippines
1 – luxury house design in cebu
9 – separate projects in various stages of design and construction
17 – towers in design and construction stages in 2015
1 – master plan with 1,200,000m2 of GFA and 23 towers
10 – towers under construction in manila and cebu
6,000 – Condominium Apartments
4 – Commercial BPO office space with 180,000m2 of GFA

A chronology of work

2014+_James Bond House – Schematic Design Complete
Cebu
GFA = 1,500m2
Residential House

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2014_The Alcoves – Design Complete / Marketing Stage
Cebu
Residential Tower
GFA = 60,000m2
460 Condominiums
AYALA Land Premier

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2014_Mandani Bay Masterplan – Design Complete
Cebu
Masterplan 20 hectares
GFA = 1,200,000m2
12 stages
HT Land

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2013-2014_Megablock – Design Complete / Under Construction
Commercial office BPO x 4 towers
GFA = 180,000m2
Typical Floor GLA = 2,000m2
Tower 1 complete 2017 / 4 Towers by 2022
Filinvest Inc.

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2013_Taft East Gate – Design Complete / Under Construction
Cebu
Residential & Commercial Towers x 4
GFA = 225,000m2
4,000 Condominiums
Taft Property Venture Capital

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2013-2014_128 Nivell Hills – Design Complete / Excavation Complete
Cebu
Residential Towers x 2
GFA = 70,000m2
550 condominiums
Diamond Hiland Inc + MSY Holdings

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128 Nivel Hills

2011_Garden Towers – Design Complete / Under Construction
Makati
Residential Towers x 2
70,000m2
630 Condominiums
Ayala Land Premier

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2009-2010_Arya Residences – Design Complete / Under Construction
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Residential Towers x 2
76,000m2
640 condominiums
Construction Complete 2015
ArthaLand

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2006_One Serendra – Design Complete / Construction Complete
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Residential Towers x 2
GFA = 90,000m2
600 Condominiums
Ayala Land Premier

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green offices in the philippines

Filinvest’s signature commercial development, designed by Crone Architects, is full steam ahead under construction in the Philippines. The site is located at Filinvest City, Alabang and has a total GFA of 180,000m2. Filinvest aim to complete the basement parking, ready for use by June 2016 and the target completion date for Tower 1 is June 2017. The development which includes 4 BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) towers, car parking, civic park and F & B retail, is due for completion 2022 and targets a LEED Gold Environmental Rating, through the US Green Building Council.

The concept, resembling a butterfly shape in plan, assembles 4 towers around a central park and retail hub creating a quiet respite for the North Cyberzone Business Park community.

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12 help street chatswood

The property market is going gangbusters in Sydney and the Sydney surrounding suburbs. Some of the work I’ve currently been involved in is preparing IM’s (Information Memorandum’s) and Concept Design Reports for Clients and Real Estate Agents, to help them understand the full potential of their development. We work together to come up with a strategy, maximizing the sites potential and creating a Vision. The site can then either be sold or developed by the clients themselves. Below is a write-up prepared for the sale of 12 Help Street, Chatswood and CGI images of the building designed for our client and CI Australia.

 

12 Help St is an exciting opportunity in the heart of Chatswood. The site offers the potential to contribute to the growing CBD skyline, promoting tall buildings along the rail corridor. It is conveniently located close to transport links to the Sydney CBD and only a few minutes away from Chatswood Station, Specialty Retail, Restaurants, Markets, Parks and the Pacific Highway. Future redevelopment offers the purchaser the chance to create a landmark destination. Potential arises for an iconic tower, 38 levels in height, with an FSR currently not utilised at 10.5:1.This unique opportunity allows for a variety of programs including commercial, residential, retail, hotel and serviced apartment uses, in a thriving Chatswood market.

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Brisbane River Tower

Only a few months to go before Crone Partners “180B” signature commercial development, reaches practical completion. 180 Brisbane is a 34 level commercial office tower, with 3 levels of retail and 5 levels of basement parking and estimated construction cost of $300m. Crone Partners designed the building in 2010 for Japanese client Daisho and construction giants Watpac. The project is due for completion November 2015. Crone architects have worked collaboratively with Watpac on a number of significant Commercial Office buildings in Australia, including the Telstra Tower at 275 George Street Brisbane and 333 George Street in Sydney. 333 George Street is also under construction and due for completion this year.

180B is ambitious, gutsy and a highly intelligent building. The tower will be Brisbane’s first 6 Star Green Star V3 certified office building and aiming for a 5.5 Star NABERS Energy Rating. This is the highest sustainability rating attainable through the Green Building Council of Australia’s rating system and described as “World’s Best Practice”.

The structural design is innovative using a side core to straddle the Brisbane railway lines that run directly under the site. The lift cores act as a beam to span over the railway tracks. Crone worked with Hyder structural engineers to develop the structural system and a series of large diagonal trusses to support the typical floor plates. This strategic thinking helped unlock the opportunities of the site. The resulting floor plates are regular in shape, open planned and saturated with light and spectacular views. It was through this innovative thinking, Crone were able to win the project through a Design Review Phase, against 6 major architectural firms in Australia. Other key issues that informed the design where overshadowing of King Georges Park, the requirement for a through Site Link and Wind Amelioration.

The Brisbane River super graphic, so dominant on the facade and no doubt controversial, becomes a theme throughout the development. It’s a signature to the building easily recognizable from a distance. A very bold idea, the Brisbane River is pix-elated on the North Eastern facade of the building through the use of a Frit on the glass. The Frit on the curtain wall panels is a rain drop pattern, following the theme of water and sustainability. The building itself has already been nicknamed the “Brisbane River Tower”

When complete this iconic building will truly transform the CBD and set a new standard for commercial buildings.

Below are aerial images of the building under construction;

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Photos courtesy of Ethan Rohloff Photography.

You can watch a marketing video and fly-through for 180B here;

180 Brisbane fly through from 180Brisbane on Vimeo.

108B is also on wikipedia!;

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180B and the River Graphic

The 180B commercial office tower in Brisbane designed by Crone architects in 2011, is well under way and due for completion later this year. The Brisbane River super graphic, so dominant on the facade and no doubt controversial, becomes a theme throughout the development. A very bold and gutsy idea, the Brisbane River is pix-elated on the North Eastern facade of the building through the use of a Frit pattern on the glass. The Frit on the curtain wall panels is a rain drop pattern, following the theme of water and sustainability.

180B has achieved a 6 Star Green Star environmental certification through the Green Building Council of Australia. This is the highest sustainability rating attainable through the rating system in Australia and described as “World’s Best Practice”. We are very much looking forward to seeing the finished product, having worked on the project for nearly 4 years.

You can watch the marketing video and fly-through for 180B here;

180B Fly Through

180B axo view

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the colours of 20 martin place

There’s a lot going on in Martin Place at the moment. New buildings going up left, right and centre. I walked past one of our sites in the city at 20 Martin place on Wednesday night and was delighted to see the colours of the facade starting to glow.

20 Martin Place is a commercial office building designed by Crone Architects for Pembroke and built by BUILT. Its due for completion in the next few months.The facade is a shingle style, curtain wall system, with dichroic glass to the base. When light hits the facade it casts amazing reflections on the glass particularly in the afternoon.

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what’s so special about the 20 martin place facade?

Well for starters, its a shingle roof style curtain wall system. A dichroic glass sill is used at the base of the “shingle” allowing the facade to change colour as the outside light conditions are altered. A dynamic facade that constantly changes throughout the course of the day. Crone worked closely with AECOM facade engineers, GJames facade manufacturers and BUILT, to transform the Concept into reality for our client Pembroke. Find below 2 photographs taken last week;

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did you know 180 Brisbane is on Wikipedia?

No way! I’m not sure who puts these things up but great to see 180 Brisbane in Wikipedia!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/180_Brisbane

180 Brisbane on wikipedia