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Site One / Elenberg Fraser

  • 01:00 - 4 July, 2009
Site One / Elenberg Fraser
Site One / Elenberg Fraser

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Architects

    Elenberg Fraser Architecture
  • Project Management

  • Civil Engineering

    Reeds Consulting
  • Structural Engineering

    Robert Bird & Partners
  • Services Engineering

    Norman Disney & Young
  • Fire Engineer

    Umow Lai & Associates
  • Wind Engineering

    Mel Consultants
  • Environmental Engineering

  • Quantity Surveyors

    Slattery Australia
  • Geotechnical Engineering

    Golders Associates
  • Building Surveyor

    Garden Group
  • Acoustic Engineering

    Marshall Day
  • Land Surveyor

    Reeds Australia
  • Client

    Pan Urban
  • Project Year


From the architect. Built on a highly visible corner site in Melbourne's Docklands, Site One is a six level commercial building mixing commercial office tenancies, flexible and fully serviced business facilities, and sohos (small office home office) that provide work/ live opportunities.

Completing the Base

The building anchors its edges to Bourke St and Stadium Drive, stepping back across the frontage to align at the top with the Watergate Towers. This completes the geometry of the block, and provides a commercial supplement to the residential program of the adjacent Watergate.

Urban landscape oasis

The main building entry is from Stadium Drive via an open landscaped forecourt, which runs deep into the building via the main lobby. The forecourt is accessed across tenancies on two of its edges and the lobby along its internal face. The courtyard is the focus of the stepping roof form and the terraces. The network of stainless cables that wrap in and over the building, form a rich multi-levelled landscape and recreational space.

Network of movement referencing the historical

Site One is held back from the western boundary of the site to create an arcade space which spans the site. The incorporation of this connection establishes a historically Melbourne sense of the movement network of arcades, laneways and alleys. This also encourages movement across the site from Stadium Drive to Bourke St and the Docklands waterfront beyond. The north-south arcade links into the main lobby to form a network of vertical voids running across the site, collecting the circulation and entries to the commercial suites. In addition this void network forms fresh air ‘ducts' across the site for ventilation, giving the arcade a sense of both the internal and the external.

The Program

Site One comprises 14 retail tenancies to the ground floor, 24 serviced office suites, 29 strata offices and 73 sohos to the upper levels. Facilities within the building at ground level add retail and café functions to the wider precinct, enabling surrounding building occupants to use, enjoy and move through the site on a daily basis and add to the public experience of the site. The Business Club is located within level 1 and comprises integrated business facilities such as secretarial and printing services, meeting and board room facilities and informal and presentation lounges. The sohos are fully wired for high bandwidth cabling, and incorporate wi-fi LAN connections. Up-to-date databased website services are also provided with R&D and technical support for all businesses within Site One.

The project brings integrated ESD initiatives to the small commercial tenancy. Glazed arcades and full height voids are utilised as fresh air, supply and exhaust ‘ducts' to the individual offi ce shells. This also provides natural ventilation to public areas, ensuring temperature comfort levels are maintained in all public and private spaces. The building façade incorporates operable sections of glazing to aid passive ventilation.

Site One presents a fl exible commercial model to the Docklands precinct, referencing a fi ner grain of urban experience that is historically very Melbourne, through an iconic building that is ‘in and of' its site.

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darkfray · August 18, 2009

Agree,the photo is wondful!

james · July 21, 2009

nice sunset photos

Uli · July 06, 2009

@The Hawk
No I am not saying that. I am just saying, there are interesting designs in architecture already, which should appear more often in built projects. Seeing a few variations on those can also help to compare costs, detail solutions, modularity etc.

c. wee · July 05, 2009

brings us to a question inherent in a lot of works now -

when is it a 'copy' and when is it an 'inspiration'?

Lucas Gray · July 05, 2009

Herzog and de Meuron also did a couple of facades very similar to this a few years ago.

The Hawk · July 05, 2009

Are you telling us this is a copy uli?

Uli · July 05, 2009

We designed this facade at 2000 at OMAAsia/RAD, based on our OMA Lille Congessexpo. It is a beautiful design, and we are happy, if offices take reference to this.

James Nagy · July 05, 2009

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Dustin · July 05, 2009

I really like some parts of this project, the main picture is beautiful. The floorplans seem very forced though, and parts of it look quite tacky.


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