New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/6 - Page 46

Project 15 Green Square Close Location: Fortitude Valley, Queensland Architect: Cottee Parker Architects NEW KID ON THE BLOCK One of the last buildings to go up in an established precinct outside the CBD, this low-rise commercial tower has a strong identity, with a distinctly urban edge A lack of building sites in the CBD has given rise to many new developments on the fringe of our larger cities. These locations are often more cost effective, but there is another spin-off – a new urban architecture has evolved, whereby buildings are more hard-edged and a lot less conventional. This new commercial building in Green Square Close, on the fringe of Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, is a good example. Cottee Parker Architects won a design competition for the building, which was 44 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT intended as a flagship project for the developer, the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation. Architect Adam Pope says for this reason, the building needed a strong identity. “While the design needed to have a commercial CBD feel, this building was never going to be a big glass box,” Pope says. “It had to be more detailed, and it needed to have more of an urban edge that would reflect the fringe location, next to a major railway corridor.” These pages:This new commercial building outside the Brisbane CBD, on the fringe of Fortitude Valley, sets a new benchmark for the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation. Designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating, 15 Green Square Close features a mix of horizontal, vertical and wraparound solar screens.