No 1 Anzac Square
52 000 sqm
Built, June 2021
No 1 Anzac Square is a comprehensive refurbishment and repositioning of an entire city block, comprising two commercial towers and an iconic heritage building situated on Anzac Square in Brisbane.
Ashe Morgan engaged Architectus following a competitive tender. Our idea to open the ground plane by demolishing a series of heavy structural elements on the Creek Street elevation and between the two towers resonated with their vision for the precinct. Key stakeholders in the design development were the current tenants. We negotiated to obtain an agreement to modify the existing tenancy boundary. From an approvals perspective, the level of intervention was carefully controlled to avoid triggering a DA process.
The result is a renewed, welcoming ground plane experience, with all three buildings uniting to form a vibrant and active precinct with greater street presence and visual permeability. Working within an existing building presents challenges that are only revealed during the construction phase. The team remained agile and responsive to assist Hutchinson Builders to resolve detailed coordination of finishes, services and existing structures.
A key driver of our design was to improve the sense of space and light. New, multi-storey steel-framed glass boxes have been inserted to allow light to penetrate deep into the interior, and we created a new 5-storey central glazed atrium space. In addition, there are new stone finishes on all floors and walls and two sets of extensive new end-of-trip facilities.
No 1 Anzac Square has a strong sustainability outcome. As a refurbishment to an existing group of buildings, it retains and reuses much of the existing structure. Their embodied energy is conserved, and the buildings’ lifespan is significantly extended. While the legacy remains to be seen, the precinct aspires to be a well-known address in Brisbane.