2014 National Architecture Awards: Commercial

8 Chifley Square by Lippmann Partnership / Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners Commercial Architecture: National Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

This project had its genesis in a City of Sydney Design Excellence competition. The building has achieved a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 certified rating, representing world leadership in environmentally sustainable design.

The building makes a grand contribution to the public domain, featuring a dramatic six-storey-high loggia at the ground floor that opens onto Chifley Square. This loggia invites public access all year round: in winter the sun streams in, while in summer it is cool and shaded.
Internally, the building is organized around the concept of vertical villages in which each commercial village is a two-, three- or four-level stacked volume with central voids. The maximum tenancy size is 1,000 square metres per floor. Voids and mezzanine areas between floors allow for interesting spatial interrelationships as well as good social interaction within an open working environment. This hollowing out of the tower has allowed for the redistribution of floor space at the higher levels, which in turn gives the upper-level tenancies greater views.
Halfway up the tower, a striking three-storey-high outdoor room looks out over Chifley Square. The rooftop has a grand terrace with a solar-panel-covered canopy above and sweeping views over the city and harbour.

Throughout, the architects have employed a gas-fired, roof-mounted trigeneration plant, a blackwater treatment system to treat sewage for re-use in the cooling towers, chilled beam ceilings and T5 and LED lighting. Low-embodied-energy materials have been used throughout.
This is a premium-grade office building which employs innovative spatial ideas, makes an important contribution to the city and demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability.


Lippmann Partnership
NSW, Australia
Project Team
Tim O’Sullivan (project architect); Ed Lippmann, Ivan Harbour, Andrew Partridge, Kate Humphries (design architects)
Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
United Kingdom
Access consultant Morris Goding Accessibility Consulting
Artist Jenny Holzer
BCA consultant Philip Chun & Associates
Builder Mirvac
Civil and structural consultant Arup
Construction manager Domenic Callinan
Developer Mirvac
Electrical and mechanical consultant Arup
Environmental consultant Arup
Geotechnical engineer Douglas Partners
Hydraulic consultant Arup
Lighting consultant Arup
Project manager Simon Healy
Public art consultants Barbara Flynn
Site details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Commercial, Tall buildings
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 6 Nov 2014
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2014
Images: Brett Boardman


Architecture Australia, November 2014

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