2 Victoria Avenue is a PCA A-Grade office building, with a 6 Star Green Star Design v2 Rating. It was developed with a clean and legible form, generated by the simple rectangular floor plate. The floor plate is wrapped in a contemporary curtain wall system and with the use of a single vibrant colour to key elements, the building sits strongly within the urban context
Approaching the building, pedestrians are swept beneath the louvered façade and into the sculpted double height foyer. The innovative automated operable louvre façade wraps the western side of the building and provides a visual filter between the public and private domains. The main street elevation is further activated by the ‘see-through’ lift core and feature stair which facilitate the predominant vertical circulation throughout the building.
The building entry lobby is a double height volume, with a bridge connecting the first floor tenancies with the lift and stairs. The lobby accommodates a waiting area to the south, maximising the outlook across Langley Park towards the river. The lifts and stairs have been developed to provide maximum visual connection between the lift lobby spaces and Victoria Avenue. The glazed western stairwell is a strong feature of the lobby and acts as a interconnecting stair to the levels above.
The typical floor layout has been designed to maximise the amenity of the space, by locating cores on the perimeter, a clean open space is provided. Generally all floor space is a maximum of 12.5m from the perimeter, maximising natural light and available outlook. The floor plate also ensures that the premium views along Victoria Avenue and Terrace Road are preserved.
The building has been designed to maximise flexibility of floor space on each level. The location of the cores enables the typical floor level to be divided into 1, 2, 3 and 4 individual tenancies. This flexibility maximises tenancy options and will assist in having the building fully tenanted at all times.
Wind turbines have been approved by the local authority, and are the installation contract is currently being finalised. Located on the rooftop, the turbines are a unique feature and serve to remind not only the occupants, but also the general public, that renewable energy generation, although still in its early stages, is possible.
The bright orange louvers on the façade also attracts the attention from passersby, and cultivates a curiosity about what purpose these shading devices serve. A well designed and functional façade is critical to minimising the energy consumption within a building and 2 Victoria Avenue provides an excellent example of how this reduces the environmental footprint of a building as well as enhances Indoor Environmental Quality. The fact that the louvers respond to solar detection only emphasises the link between the sun and a buildings energy usage as well as the provision of indoor thermal comfort.
By incorporating leading-edge technologies with proven design techniques, 2 Victoria Avenue is a unique and sustainable building, with a fundamental design parameters of best practise for commercial office space.
The building achieves a high level of user satisfaction due to the provision of a desirable indoor environment, the enhanced access to natural daylight and the feature glazed stair and the significant end of trip cyclist facilities. In addition to user satisfaction, the sustainable initiatives will contribute to increased employee productivity due to provision of a healthy indoor environment which reduces the incidence of ‘sick building syndrome’.