Australia’s largest timber building is set to be constructed atop Melbourne Central mall—giving a whole new meaning to the term tall timber.
Diversified property major GPT Group is set to build this landmark 10-storey structure at 300 Lonsdale Street. The building will take the form of a 19,400sq m tower composed of a frame structure exposed through a glass façade and consisting of cross laminated timber—a light manufactured material known for its innovative properties.
The structure’s office extension, to be called Frame and known as Melbourne’s first premium timber office tower, will be situated among a collection of rival towers being constructed by Mirvac, Dexus and Charter Hall in the community’s central business district.
Among the perceived benefits of timber construction are its light weight, endless design possibilities and numerous sustainability and green building advantages, its waste reduction properties, quick construction rates, and many other traits that render timber a particularly desirable material for commercial real estate design.
Timber is also featured as a primary element of other Australian building projects, including International House Sydney and CLT tower.
Due to the mall’s adjoinment to a skyscraper office building, Frame is going to be custom designed to—most appropriately—“frame” a totally integrated office, retail and cultural environment. And the building, designed by ARM Architecture, will be sustainable to the core—coming complete with a 5 Star NABERS Energy and Water Rating, a 5 Star Green Star, and WELL Gold Standard.
The building’s amenities will include plentiful green open spaces and retail spaces devoted to health and well-being and many other services. As they gather to enjoy the center’s plentiful food and shopping options, local residents are encouraged to interact, learn, and enjoy themselves.
Construction on Frame is set to commerce by the end of this year, and to be completed by late 2021. The presiding leasing agent is Colliers International.