Client: Nikias Diamond Property Developments
In 2016 Nikias Diamond Property Developments commissioned AMC to prepare a concept design for a new commercial building for Block 69 Section 72 Deakin with a view to securing a pre-commitment from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) which was in the market at the time looking for new fit-for-purpose accommodation. The site was particularly challenging given its size, shape, steep slope and limited options for vehicle access and AMC tested a number of configurations to arrive at a preferred masterplan solution. The design concept for the new 2 storey building is logical and efficient with a central core and open stairwell including a feature 2-storey timber batten wall, allowing the building to be organised into larger or smaller tenancies. The 1,330m² building has an efficient floorplate at 46 x 14m, adopting a structural grid configuration that successfully accommodates an efficient and logical basement parking arrangement and a range of fitout configurations.
The building has a modern and crisp architectural language with strong horizontal metal panel cladding contrasting with the darker charcoal split-face blockwork plinth and dark (high SHGC) windows and anodised louvres. Floor to ceiling glass has been used where appropriate to take advantage of the attractive outlook to the nearby reserve with actuated louvres allowing for sun and glare control. There is an attractive rear courtyard accessed from the ground floor tenancy. AMC subsequently designed and delivered workplace accommodation for PSA and Medicines Australia as integrated fitouts. The development has since been on-sold to ISPT demonstrating its value as a solid property investment.