Charter Hall has appointed Gensler, in collaboration with Cox Architecture, to design a new 35-storey tower at 555 Collins Street which is part of a two-stage 130,000 sq m commercial redevelopment in Melbourne’s CBD. Two individual but connected towers will occupy the adjacent Charter Hall sites on Collins and King Streets, creating a world-class precinct in a pivotal location close to Southern Cross Station.
The site’s unique characteristic with three major street frontages presents an opportunity to create an activated ground plane, enhancing the public realm and providing new urban linkages in this part of the city. A premium retail hub; memorable public spaces that provoke a sense of discovery and reflect Melbourne’s laneway culture; and an underground marketplace will provide much-needed amenity to the area and become a social hub for both tenants and the general public.
The tower is being designed from the inside out to offer a connected and engaging workplace experience that enhances the user experience, comfort and wellness and anticipates the needs of the future workforce. Atriums within the lower levels promote collaboration, social interaction and activity, while a connection to daylight and views is optimized on all floors, intended to lift the human spirit. The future-proofed building will be one of the city’s most sustainable, targeting 6 Star Green Star, 5 Star NABERS Energy and Platinum WELL certification.