AM60 Building / Donovan Hill

© Sam Thiess

Architects: Donovan Hill
Location: 60 Albert Street (corner of Margaret St) Brisbane, Australia
Team: Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Kim Baber, Phil Hindmarsh, Michael Moore, Lucas Leo, Simon Depczynski, Grace Mckellar, Jacque Jones
Builders: Hutchinson Builders
Masonry Contractor: Maurice Potrzeba, Trading as MOZBIZ P/L
Height: 23 stories @ 92.17m
Total Floor Area: 24,150 sqm
Net Lettable Area: 21,213 sqm
Structural Engineer/Project Engineer: ADG Engineers (Aust) Pty Ltd
Design Period: Jan 2007 – May 2007
Construction Period: Novr 2007 – Aug 2009
Photos: Sam Thiess, Shantanu Starick,

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.

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.

© Shantanu Starick

The major frontage is characterised by a slick and colourful glassy façade, which wraps around the corner into the minor street where tactile 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.

© Sam Thiess

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

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.

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Cite: "AM60 Building / Donovan Hill" 03 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • demariaDECO

    Extrange but nice

  • Jason

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

  • minh

    this is architure bad

    • Michael


      Why is this bad architecture?

      Hit and run comments like this are completely disrespectful.




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

  • squidly

    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

      @ 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.

      • Michael (a different one!)

        @ Michael,
        I think @ squidly’s point is ‘why wouldn’t you just use the concrete screens all over that facade because it all faces the same direction’?
        I don’t think he was suggesting using the glass everywhere….

  • rodger

    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.

  • Dean

    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.