388 George Street
The original 388 George Street, designed by John Andrews, was once lauded as an innovative commercial office building, having garnered multiple prestigious awards. Over the years, however, the building could not meet the changing demands of a contemporary commercial market. We were hired to reinvent the tower's tired interiors and outdated façade system.
In addition to resolving a series of functional issues, the new design gave the building a fresh identity. While respecting the strong geometric framework of the original building, a new external truss facade system responds to commercial, climatic and urban factors. It solves not only outlook, light and energy issues, but provides filigree reminiscent of the famous lattice work seen on the original structure. The façade has sensors that continually monitor the internal and external weather conditions and control motorized glass louvers that allow natural airflow into five four-level interior sky gardens. These sky gardens manage the heat load of the building, bring light deep into the building core, and create eco-villages where tenants can socialize and entertain clients.
When the revamped 388 George Street opened, it quickly became one of AMP's most successful developments and was awarded a Property Council of Australia Award for innovation and excellence.