Myer Support Office Base BuildingEdit profile
The new Myer support office is located in a prime urban position. As a twin gateway building on Collins Street to the new Victoria Harbour urban village, it is a significant element in the elevation of Docklands to Melbourne CBD. The building required a strong identity that would not compete with its context; a grey building, precisely detailed, smooth and sharp - a portrayal of elegance, and modernity. Consequently, the timelessness that is implicit in the Myer mark is embedded in the design of this building. The office accommodates over 1000 people in a single tenancy at 800 Collins Street. The interior consists of 10 levels dedicated to Myer, the first level being for visitors and meetings and a café. Above are eight levels of office accommodation with training facilities and a staff dedicated gymnasium together with an attractive open terrace that gives Myer staff views of the surrounding Docklands. Floor plates of 2800m2 provide studio spaces that enable the business units to work efficiently and effectively whilst they interface with both internal and external customer base. At the ground level, a colonnade to Collins Street brings urban tactility to the street. The ANZ façade on the opposite edge of Collins is a smooth and fine edge – the diversity brought by the Myer colonnade to the street is critical to moderate the urban conundrum of wind, people and traffic. The colonnade also refers to the great elegant shopping precincts of Europe. The loggia to the east allows for a strong public entry to the Myer building at the Collins Street intersection. The textural quality of the loggia provides an abstract connection to the park – the verdant quality of the park is abstracted in the compositional strength of the free standing columns, whilst the deep reveal of the volume alludes to canopy, enclosure and refuge – all qualities afforded by the romanticism of arcadia. Sustainability initiatives for the building include an east facing atrium with connecting stair, maximizing natural light penetration and reducing lift use. There is also a gas fired cogeneration plant which will produce about 30 per cent of the base building electricity requirements. These have resulted in the Myer National Support Office achieving a 5 Star Green Star – Office Design (v2) Certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. The design expresses Myer’s aspirations and needs and the result is a place fundamentally designed for Myer and its people. The building’s experiential quality is an articulation of Myer’s values, history and progress as a business and an employer. Developed by Lend Lease Development working in conjunction with the client, Myer; this project was managed and constructed by Bovis Lend Lease and designed by BVN Architecture in conjunction with Lend Lease. The building is 50 percent owned by Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial, a Lend Lease managed fund.