Canberra Data Centre

Master Builders Association

Newcastle, NSW

2008 WINNER – LOWER HUNTER URBAN DESIGN AWARDS
Overall Winner for Excellence in Urban Design & Large Scale Development Award

The new building has prime commercial office space on three levels within a simple rectangular form. Each level is accessed from an impressive 12 metre high atrium connecting the front at Lambton Road to the rear carpark. A dynamic angled blade wall protects the atrium from the hot western sun.

The decision to construct the building in steel meant significant savings for the builder and the client by a reduced construction programme. The building incorporates many energy saving devices including water harvesting and reuse, solar hot water and an innovative utilisation of the retained concrete slab to pre-cool air pumped into the air conditioning units. This has reduced energy consumption significantly, saving the client 7% of their annual energy costs. With a palette of materials including silver aluminium panels, glass, fibre cement sheeting, precast concrete panels and aluminium louvers, the building presents an eye-catching contemporary image for the Master Builders Association on this major gateway site into Newcastle.