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  6. CH2 Melbourne City Council House 2 / DesignInc

CH2 Melbourne City Council House 2 / DesignInc

  • 01:00 - 30 June, 2013
CH2 Melbourne City Council House 2 / DesignInc
CH2 Melbourne City Council House 2 / DesignInc, © Dianna Snape
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Project Team

    Rob Adams (Project Director -City of Melbourne), Mick Pearce (Design Director), Stephen Webb (Design Architect), Chris Thorne (Design Architect), Jean-Claude Bertoni (Project Architect), Vi Vuong (Architect), Aldona Pajdak (Interior Designer)
  • Area

    12500.0 sqm
  • Photographs

  • Consultant Team

    Hansen Yuncken (Builder), Bonacci Group (Structural / Civil Consultant), Lincolne Scott (Services Consultant), Marshall Day (Acoustics Consultant), Advanced Environmental Concepts (Environmental Consultant), Donald Cant Watts Corke (Quantity Surveyor), City of Melbourne (Landscape Consultant)
  • Client

    City of Melbourne
  • Constructions Value

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© Dianna Snape
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The Council House 2 (CH2) office building was designed in collaboration with City of Melbourne to be a holistic system with its occupants as participants. The design follows a model that promotes a more interactive role between the city and nature, in which all parties depend on each other.

© Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape

The City of Melbourne aims to achieve zero emissions for the municipality by 2020. A major contribution to this strategy is the reduction in energy consumption of commercial buildings by 50%. CH2 was piloted in an effort to provide a working example for the local development market. The brief required a building that as far as possible relied on passive energy systems while producing a premium grade building.

© Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape

CH2 employs both literal and metaphorical expressions of environmental intentions in its architectural composition. Nature is used as inspiration for façades that moderate climate, tapered ventilation ducts integrate with day lighting strategies and an evocative undulating concrete floor structure that plays a central role in the building’s heating and cooling.

© Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape

It was the first new commercial office building in Australia to meet and exceed the six star rating system administered by the Green Building Council of Australia. Equally important to its environmental features is that it provides 100% fresh air to all occupants with one complete air change every half hour.

© Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape

The benefits of superior indoor air quality and conservative estimates on energy costs will see the building pay for all its innovation within five to ten years.

Plan / © DesignInc
Plan / © DesignInc
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ChrisP · July 02, 2013

Nice images of a quite old building... Ahead of its time - designed from 2002 and completed in 2006. Having toured the building and heard the facility manager talk about the lessons and the continuing experiment that CH2 is, I think an up-to-date story would add value to the example. For instance,they're low wind turbines are now non functional or energy generation and the plant growth has been problematic. The air quality and occupant comfort is high. Flexible spaces a great benefit.

Alizah Nelson · September 13, 2013 02:57 AM

Hi Chris,
Have you got any other notable lessons learnt from the CH2 building tour. I am keen understand the post occupancy experience?

RuipbLima · July 02, 2013

It is an amazing building! Never the less the perforated metallic sheets (probably aluminium) don't do anything for the sustainable concept. Maybe I'm wrong... Or they just wanted to use a little of all the CO2 they saved on everything else.

Croco Dile · June 30, 2013

Interesting ideas !


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