A low-slung office building will be reduced to rubble if plans for a 25-storey commercial tower in the central Brisbane suburb of Fortitude Valley go through. A development application was recently submitted by Cornerstone Properties, who has proposed a BVN-designed office project for 301 Wickham Street.

301 Wickham Street, image via BVN Architecture

A building envelope encompassing over 36,000 square metres of net lettable office space would also hold a cafe, gymnasium, and child care facilities on the lower levels. A large outdoor terrace surrounded by greenery and extensive streetscaping would define the corner of Wickham and Constance Streets. 

Elevation drawing of 301 Wickham Street and neighbouring Utopia Space, image via BVN Architecture

Above these initial establishing levels, an open-air rooftop is created through a carved cutout of the tower's corner. Greenery will wrap the perimeter of this level, which includes another cafe to make lounging with a coffee an easy break from work. These softscape elements will be repeated along the vertical axis of the tower, with transparent windows indicating the presence of horticultural features. 

Terrace floor layout, image via BVN Architecture

If approved by local planning officials, the block will be packed with new development. That's because the adjacent property has already been approved for redevelopment in the form of a 25-storey residential tower. A project by SANDT Developments and Kris Kowalski ArchitectsUtopia Space will bring 300 units to Brisbane's booming residential market.

The building slated for demolition, image retrieved from Google Street View

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