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The architect says it was also essential to make other aspects of the building appealing to future tenants. The gross lettable floor area had to be maximised; the floorplates needed to be unobstructed, and have the potential to be linked with open internal stairs; and the building needed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating. To this end, solar screens and blades articulate the exterior, responding appropriately to their respective orientations. The design avoids monotony by mixing vertical blades with horizontal precast concrete shades and smaller bright orange 46 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT screens that wrap the windows in an r shape. This wraparound motif reappears in various forms throughout the building – even the roof canopy wraps down the side of the building on the southfacing facade. This elevation features bands of textural precast concrete, chosen to present a suitably robust face to the rail corridor. The concrete also provides acoustic insulation. “On the other side, we ensured that the screens are positioned to block the direct sun, but not to obstruct the views back to the city,” says Pope. “We were also mindful that the southwest side of Below and right:Horizontal bands of textural precast concrete feature on the south side of the building, which faces a rail corridor. The roof also wraps down the building on this side, echoing the form of the orange sunscreens. Lower right:Alpolic aluminium panels wrap the lower three levels, effectively creating a podium, which brings a human scale to the building. The green wall faces a residential block.