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AM60 Building / Donovan Hill

  • 01:00 - 3 July, 2010
AM60 Building / Donovan Hill
AM60 Building / Donovan Hill, © Sam Thiess
© Sam Thiess

© Sam Thiess © Sam Thiess © Sam Thiess © Shantanu Starick +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Margaret St & Albert St, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
  • Architects

    Donovan Hill
  • Team

    Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Kim Baber, Phil Hindmarsh, Michael Moore, Lucas Leo, Simon Depczynski, Grace Mckellar, Jacque Jones
  • Structural Engineer/Project Engineer

    ADG Engineers (Aust) Pty Ltd
  • Builders

    Hutchinson Builders
  • Masonry Contractor

    Maurice Potrzeba, Trading as MOZBIZ P/L
  • Height

    23 stories @ 92.17m
  • Design Period

    Jan 2007 – May 2007
  • Net Lettable Area

    21,213 sqm
  • Area

    24150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The proposal is for a 23 level high rise office development in response to Brisbane’s market and tenant demand for a Five star Green Star ‘A Grade’ Office Building.

© Sam Thiess
© Sam Thiess

This high rise commercial office tower in downtown Brisbane reconciles market forces with the specific urban context of its corner address. The proposal is for a 23 level development in response to Brisbane’s market and tenant demand for a Five star Green Star ‘A Grade’ Office Building.

© Sam Thiess
© Sam Thiess

The major frontage is characterised by a slick and colourful glassy façade, which wraps around the corner into the minor street where tactile concrete and masonry elements give a contrasting character and scale, as well as more substantial solar control. A fragment of the tactility is an embellished masonry screen protecting 4 levels of glass-skinned board rooms.

© Shantanu Starick
© Shantanu Starick

The central core arrangement in the typical office floors allows occupation on each façade, and permits large flexible floor space where occupants can be planned as a community of people in both single and multiple tenant arrangements.

© Sam Thiess
© Sam Thiess

Ground level organisation provides for multiple functions that both promote activation of the public realm, and facilitate the functional servicing of the building. The podium of the building responds to the public realm and the street by contributing the projected glazed ‘street building’ of the mezzanine and associated enhancement of public activity on Albert Street, and the masonry ‘miniature building’ and its associated recessed landscape to Margaret St.

© Shantanu Starick
© Shantanu Starick
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Gizmo · September 09, 2011

On the facade: AM60 Building by Donovan Hill via @archdaily

Dean · July 05, 2010

Great building with some great details. Has a very large, low and heavy awning though over the footpath, has made for a dark and uncomfortable streetscape which I don't like walking under.

rodger · July 04, 2010

not really getting this project. nice shot from the cnr.ground, formally this project is underdeveloped. the glass, concrete combination lacks convincing resolution tectonically, the facade is compositionally awkward in parts.

squidly · July 04, 2010

You have to wonder if the concrete "screens" were good enough for solar control of one side, why not the other, which has the same orientation? Bizarre. In the end, the whole idea is invalidated, which is too bad, as it does give the building a presence.

Michael · July 05, 2010 07:14 AM

@ squidly. I believe it has to do with the price constraints of covering an entire office block in solar-treated glass, especially in a very sunny place like Brisbane.

DAVID · July 04, 2010


Where is he problem? Archidaily does a great job. You can go to other webpages. Actually this project is not that bad.

minh · July 03, 2010

this is architure bad

Michael · July 08, 2010 10:32 AM


Why is this bad architecture?

Hit and run comments like this are completely disrespectful.


Jason · July 03, 2010

And... AGAIN.. with the Donovan Hill. So you guys just post whatever gets sent into you, right?

demariaDECO · July 03, 2010

Extrange but nice

Protein® Reader · July 03, 2010

AM60 Building / Donovan Hill (via @archdaily)

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