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18 Marcus Clarke provides 12 levels of the highest quality office space seen in the national capital. A strong built image is formed by the curved façade facing Marcus Clarke Street which reinforces the overall design intent. The internal layout was formulated to respond to market drivers and the needs of tenants. Interesting and flexible space was explored and introduced through provision of interconnected floors up the western side of the building to dovetail with the Winter Garden spaces. A series of alternative core and floor plates were reviewed to determine optimum floor configurations. A central core was chosen as the most efficient solution, one which would provide the optimal balance of core to perimeter dimensions, appropriate natural light penetration, engineering services and tenant flexibility. Public & Cultural Benefits The amenity and concepts contributing to the public domain The building is carefully sited to allow an extensive open space treatment, creating a public domain about the building with an emphasis to Marcus Clarke Street. Retail uses are located on ground level to create an active and vibrant pedestrian realm and one that works in unison with the adjacent 7 London Circuit to create a campus of buildings. Relationship of Built Form to Context Concepts engaged with new and pre-existing conditions The eye catching design of 18 Marcus Clarke is reflective of Walter Burley Griffin’s original geometric plan for the city. It dynamically brings to life the hexagonal characteristics of Griffin’s design and reinforces the unique qualities of Canberra’s urban streetscape in a modern and permeable way. The building’s colours reflect the vibrancy of life and business in City West and clearly defines 18 Marcus Clarke as a building of the future. Like the design itself, the corporate identity is distinctive, geometric and enhances the design aesthetic which sensitively reflects and relates to the natural land form. Program Resolution Functional performance assessed against the brief Integration of Allied Disciplines Contribution of others, including engineers, landscape architects, artists and other specialists to the outcome Key stakeholders and consultants were involved very early on in process. A collaborative consultant team was engaged early on in the process to ensure a resolved outcome that completed the building. Cost/Value Outcome The effectiveness of decisions related to financial issues A ‘Next Generation’ building, 18 Marcus Clarke is an iconic development providing a standard of commercial office space currently unmatched in Canberra. As well as achieving standards of quality and corporate presentation unparalleled in the National Capital, the development has also made value for money a prime consideration. Sustainability The benefit to the environment through design ESD design principles were investigated and developed. They include a fresh air supply and a Night Purge system for each floor and the provision of fresh air at suitable times to the Winter Gardens. Response to Client and User needs Additional benefits interpreted from the brief, serving the client or users and the community The distinctive design provides an excellent basis for an equally distinctive Corporate Identity. Any organisation occupying the building will be readily identified and furthermore the clear span office environment provides maximum flexibility for initial fit-out and changing future needs.