Brookfield Place is an example of how building design can support a healthy and active community. Brookfield Place is located at 125 St Georges Terrace, and comprises a 130,000m2 commercial tower and is the global head office of BHP Billiton. The 45 storey tower accommodates 3,000 BHP employees, who were previously located across 24 different sites.
The design brief for Brookfield Place was to develop a newly activated urban precinct characterised by a premium commercial central high-rise office tower. The ground plane consists of a high quality public realm with a variety of old and new buildings within a pedestrianised precinct.
A number of design decisions ensure high quality spaces that support the wellbeing of the occupants and visitors.
Access to public transport
- The design of the building and surrounding tenancies encourages the extended use of public transport by providing an active, walking route to the Perth Bus Port. The structures within the precinct provide shelter for pedestrians throughout the year.
Inviting public realm
- Brookfield Place supports an active, vibrant public realm that is an inviting and memorable part of the city fabric. The design skillfully introduces modern architecture while preserving the historical nature of the site. Tree-shaded benches provide places to rest between the tower lobby and the heritage buildings.
- The interior design of the building was specifically required to support high staff performance, flexible-working environments that support mobility, effective communication and knowledge sharing. Nearly all employees are within 10 metres of natural daylight. Internal stairs also connect floors encouraging physical activity. Level 45 is a communal floor open to all employees providing individual working space, casual meeting spaces, video conferencing facilities and eating areas.
Sensitivity to place
- The development preserves and reactivates a number of heritage places that have been under-utilised and boarded-up for 25 years. The heritage buildings provide the backdrop for a new civic space that includes a vibrant retail and entertainment precinct. Brookfield Place is now a location for small bars, restaurants and cafes. The area is a destination for office workers during the day and into the evening.
- The small courtyards connect the lower levels of the heritage buildings into a series of high quality alfresco spaces, sheltered from the wind and sun. Open plaza spaces, lightweight bridges and artwork elements encourage people to visit and move through the site.
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In addition to providing innovative building design, Brookfield Place has a number of other health, economic, environmental, social and use benefits.