Parramatta is developing an important change, becoming an urban centre where 85 Macquarie Street plays a big role, due to its strategic location, connection to the PSQ, Centenary Square, the new library, and Macquarie Street.
This commercial development responds to its context, integrating Heritage elements in the design. The facade relates directly with the neighbouring heritage Murray’s Building as well as indigenous aboriginal concepts that are used as part of the landscape, public domain artworks, signage, and way-finding.
Sustainability has been another key factor in the design process, aiming for a 5 Star Green Star.
The building form responds to the solar plane with a series of terraced balconies from the office floors on the top levels, and the location of the core and shape of the floor plate provides efficient workplaces.
Unlike the typical glass-box office buildings, the terracotta and sandstone help to read the heritage interpretation and the sustainable approach of this project.