Fulton Trotter Architects +
Architectus Architects in Association
Wesley Mission Queensland
Brisbane CBD, QLD
Wesley House is a 9 storey sustainably responsible commercial building in the heart of Brisbane designed to accompany the historic Albert Street Uniting Church, a prominent 1889 red brick Victorian Gothic Revival Church.
2013 AIA Queensland Awards: Commercial Architecture State Award |
2013 AIA Queensland Awards: Regional Commendation
The sustainability initiatives pursued enabled Wesley House to be recognised as Brisbane’s first 5-star Green Star commercial building.
Wesley House replaces its 1940s namesake. The new design is a modern and complimentary juxtaposition to the ornate historic Church. The building defers to the Church by providing a considered backdrop with transparency and uncluttered lines to create depth of space for the Church.
Setback from the street, the new development increases views to and from the Church and creates open outdoor café space for street activation. A new 5m high colonnade entry allows appreciation of the Church in the round; a view that had been unavailable to the city for 70 years.
Wesley Mission Queensland had clear vision to develop a building with strong environmental credentials; the sustainability initiatives pursued enabled Wesley House to be recognised as Brisbane’s first 5-star Green Star commercial building.
The environmental performance attributes were delicately balanced with commercial viability considerations such as floor plate sizes and core area ratios. Quality workplace spaces have been created with abundant natural light, state of the art services, high level finishes, and simple open column-free floor plates for planning flexibility.
Photographer: © Angus Martin | Sketches: © Fulton Trotter Architects