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directly off the bluestone pavement, into the bluestone lobby and up the bluestone stairs.” The tower itself features a series of precast concrete fins that relate to the performance of the building. The fins provide passive sun control, screening the sun in the early morning and evening. Yet their tapered profiles ensure the expansive views can still be enjoyed from inside. “The concrete blades recreate a chiselled face to the exhibition street frontage, like a sculptor’s block that’s ready to be carved,” says the architect. “When they are viewed obliquely, they appear 22 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT to join up as a solid masonry face, with a rough, textural surface.” Stanic says the ribbon-like green anodised aluminium on the faceted carved areas references the sustainability initiatives – the building has a 5 Star Green Star rating and a 5 Star NABERS energy base building rating. To maximise the floorplates, the building core is off to one side, and heavily engineered to compress the space required. For example, two stairs occupy one shaft in a scissor-stair arrangement, and the need for a pressurisation shaft was avoided by Below left:Bluestone features on the stairs and in the lobby, as well as on the footpath outside. Below:Natural light is maximised on the interior. So, too, are the floorplates. To provide an uninterrupted floor area, core services are to one side of the building.