GPT unveils design for 12-level office timber tower in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 28 May 2019 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Diversified property major GPT Group has unveiled the design for Australia’s largest timber building, a premium 12-level office tower.

Planned to be built at 300 Lonsdale Street on top of the Melbourne Central shopping mall, the new 19,400m² tower, called Frame, is designed by architecture and urban design practice ARM Architecture.

The premium office tower features distinctive frame structure, which will be exposed through a glass façade, as well as a hotel-inspired skylobby on level five and floor plates of approximately 2,000m².

GPT office and logistics head Matthew Faddy said that Frame will be a ground-breaking office building, connected to elevated garden spaces and a new rooftop retail, entertainment and dining precinct at Melbourne Central.

Faddy said: “Frame will deliver a superior level of amenity to any workplace in Australia. It provides a fully integrated office, retail and cultural environment that offers more than just deskspace.

“Frame will feature abundant natural light and a warehouse-style environment, with the design of the building aimed to improve the sense of well-being of its occupants.”

ARM Architecture principal Ian McDougall said that the forward-thinking design of Frame addresses the needs of the new, socially conscious generation of worker, promoting wellness and encouraging positive social exchange through green open spaces and dedicated wellbeing retail offerings.

McDougall added: “The new rooftop retail precinct is a unique concept where city dwellers and visitors gather to learn, interact, have fun and be inspired. It is a meeting place between workers and the rest of the city.”

Colliers International has been appointed as leasing agents for Frame.

In 2018, GPT said that it plans to begin construction of a 31,000m² logistics and office facility at Lot 21 Old Wallgrove Road Eastern Creek in Sydney.

Planned to be in its entirety or as two separate facilities, the facility is located in the heart of Western Sydney’s logistics and warehouse precinct.

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Image: Illustration of GPT’s new timber office building at Melbourne Central. Photo: courtesy of GPT.

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