Christos Michalis Medical Centre, Gilmore Street, Garran

  • Christos Michalis Medical Centre, Gilmore Street, Garran
  • Christos Michalis Medical Centre, Gilmore Street, Garran
  • Christos Michalis Medical Centre, Gilmore Street, Garran
  • Christos Michalis Medical Centre, Gilmore Street, Garran
  • Christos Michalis Medical Centre, Gilmore Street, Garran
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About the Project

Client: Michalis Investments
Size: 5,500m²
Cost: $12m
Date: 2007

The developer for this project, Michalis Investments, has had a long term association with the Garran Shops and a particular interest in supporting the Canberra medical profession. Their brief for this project was to achieve an exciting new commercial building which would capitalise on its close proximity to the nearby Canberra Hospital precinct, accommodate professional offices and medical suites in a two storey building with basement / under-croft car parking and which would bring renewed life to the Garran Shops. The design concept for the proposed new development seeks to achieve a striking two storey commercial office building which sits comfortably in its context – a local centre with adjoining residential development. It capitalises on its prominent address on the corner of Garran Place and Robson Street and has strong linkages to the Garran shops including a continuation of the verandah element and pedestrian path. It will include commercial office space capable of being divided into a number of sizes and which benefits from attractive views and excellent natural day-lighting. The architectural character of the building is contemporary and the form of the building responds to the scale of adjoining development. This includes a continuation of the lineal verandah element of the Garran Shops to create a clear linkage to and from the proposed development. It also includes a conscious break in the centre of the building to allow daylight penetration through a central atrium and to break up the façade length and visual bulk of the building. To respond to adjoining development the façade design incorporates significant areas of masonry construction combined with a more modern palette of metal cladding in 3 colours and variety in window fenestration. When complete, this development will finally make sense of a derelict service station site and bring new life to Garran Shops with tenants who are likely to take advantage of the proximity to Canberra Hospital as Canberra’s medical hub,

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