Client: Wally Rao
In 2004 a development consortium purchased the Florey site as a vacant and long-under-utilized parcel of land with an approved development application for a two storey commercial building. The consortium had the option of simply building what was approved but were concerned that the proposed development was bland and elected to try and improve the quality of the outcome in a bid to attract higher yielding tenants to a suburban location. AMC’s design concept built on some of the fundamentals of the approved concept to retain the development rights but makes better sense of what is fundamentally an awkward site. The building’s simple form is made interesting through the incorporation of a skillion roof line which also acts as a walkway along the western façade of the building. An interesting combination of materials, colours and geometry create a striking address to the Florey Shops and indeed from John Cleland Crescent to the rear. A simple and efficient foyer arrangement links to tenancies at ground and first floors. The building has been well tenanted as a mark of the success of the development.