The recently opened and award winning commercial development at 900 Ann Street forms the new Brisbane headquarters for Aurizon. The landscape design focuses on reinforcing the site’s quality as an oasis and delivers a renewed overlay of contemporary public realm.
ClientHutchinson Builders for Consolidated Properties Group
LocationFortitude Valley, QLD
Award2018 Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland Awards for Excellence: Award of Excellence for Retail, Commercial and Public Use
The award winning commercial development at 900 Ann Street forms the new Brisbane headquarters for Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator. Consolidated Properties Group led the design team of John Wardle Architects and Lat27 to create this unique landmark development that share its site with the heritage listed Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
The development encompasses an entire city block in Fortitude Valley and comprises three heritage listed church-related buildings in an area that is experiencing significant urban renewal. This provided a rich framework to introduce a renewed overlay of contemporary public realm that seamlessly integrates the two distinctly different uses. The new commercial tower respectfully responds to the heritage architecture and offers a generous public realm that folds the lobby and streetscape into the publicly accessible common landscape areas that thread throughout the site.
The landscape design focuses on reinforcing the site’s quality as an oasis within its evolving urban context. The site is afforded numerous mature shade trees that have been cleverly integrated into the design and enhanced by a significant addition of lush subtropical trees and palms that provide deep shade and framing for key axial views to the new and old architecture. The landscape offers a myriad of spaces accommodating the morning coffee ritual, lunch time escape, corporate catch up and church community gatherings. Seating nooks, outdoor dining and open lawn event areas are bound by a rich and diverse display of colourful subtropical planting.
This project has established a new benchmark for inner city commercial development where user experience and response to community are paramount.