2019 National Architecture Awards: National Commendation for Sustainable Architecture

25 King by Bates Smart.

Jury citation

Bates Smart’s 25 King in Brisbane sets a new benchmark as the tallest engineered timber building in Australia. Globally, there is presently no taller commercial timber building with a larger floor plate. Glulam and cross-laminated timber (CLT) form an all-timber structural system that significantly reduces the building’s embodied carbon compared with conventional construction methods using concrete and steel. The carefully detailed expressed timber structure is the hero of the interior, encouraging a light touch for subsequent fitouts. Working within the limitations of CLT, an efficient six-by-eight-metre structural grid with a side core delivers large, unencumbered floor plates for maximum workplace flexibility. 25 King is valuable, particularly as a potential catalyst for positive change in the construction of mid-scale commercial buildings.

25 King by Bates Smart is located in Bowen Hills, Queensland and is built on the land of the Yugara and Turrbal people.


Bates Smart
Project Team
Philip Vivian (director), Basil Richardson (studio director), Jana Somasundaram, Tommy Sutanto, Amelia Donald (associate directors), Tania Gordon (project leader), Andrew Willes (architect), Alana Lee (graduate), John Culshaw, Annika van Leeuwen (architectural assistants)
Acoustic & ESD consultant Aurecon
BCA and PCA McKenzie Group Consulting
Builder Lendlease
Electrical, fire, mechanical and hydraulic engineer Aurecon
Facade consultant G. James
Structural (steel and concrete) engineer Aurecon
Structural engineer (timber) Design Make
Traffic engineer TTM Consulting
Site details
Location Bowen Hills,  Qld,  Australia
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Workplace
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 7 Nov 2019
Words: 2019 National Awards Jury
Images: Tom Roe


Architecture Australia, November 2019

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