One Wednesday night I officially opened Mirvac's latest building - 8 Chifley on Elizabeth Street in our city centre.
The beautiful and vibrant design was a collaboration between Mirvac, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH) and Australian architects Lippmann Partnership. Architects Richard Rogers, Ivan Harbour and Ed Lippmann have given Sydney a striking new addition to our city landscape.
The building's exciting form and colours complement Sydney's own vibrancy as well as our climate and culture. It's red braces are sure to become a well-loved feature of our cityscape.
8 Chifley adds to the City's public space with an enormous ground-floor atrium, six storeys high, giving winter shelter and summer shade to passers-by. This plaza returns hundreds of square metres back to the public, providing a new leisure and entertainment area right in the heart of the city.
The building has outstanding credentials in sustainability. LED lighting, black-water treatment, external shading, an in-house trigeneration plant, reduced car-parking, and 130 bays for bicycles and end-of-trip amenities, show how dense urban development can actually help create more sustainable cities.
8 Chifley is a vindication of the City's design excellence criteria and of the incentives that reward developers for delivering greater public amenity. It also shows what can be achieved through a well-run competition.
It is, in all these ways, it is one of the most exciting developments to come on-line in Sydney in recent years.