8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
and Lippmann Partnership


Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Lippmann Partnership have completed a 34-storey office tower in Sydney with criss-crossing red braces on its sides and an elevated terrace cutting through its middle.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners collaborated with Sydney office Lippmann Partnership to design the tower for Australian real estate company Mirvac.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Located on Hunter Street in Sydney's Central Business District, 8 Chifley comprises a pair of glass volumes that are separated by a triple-height private terrace on the eighteenth floor.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The structural framework extends to the exterior of the building. Red steel beams brace the walls on the sides of the tower, plus larger members offer support where there are gaps in the floor plates.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

A five-storey-high void at the base of the tower creates a lofty public plaza leading to the entrance, while a landscaped roof offers another accessible outdoor space.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Spaces inside the building are divided into seven zones, each comprising a stack of three floors. There are openings between levels in these clusters, intended to encourage interaction amongst employees.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

"[8 Chifley's] emphasis on community, both indoors and out, from ground to roof, celebrates Australia's passion for a balanced quality of life and the great outdoors," said architect Ivan Harbour.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

"The building finally forms a focus to Chifley Square, drawing the public plaza up to its front door and forming a great loggia for all Sydney-siders to enjoy," he added.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Photography is by Brett Boardman.

Here's more information from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners:

8 Chifley

8 Chifley is the Sydney Central Business District's newest and most progressive commercial tower from Mirvac.

Dramatically different to anything seen before on the Sydney skyline, this 34-storey office building, is the product of a global collaboration between the internationally renowned UK architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Australia's Lippmann Partnership.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

It is the first completed building in Australia featuring the distinctive design philosophy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners but remains a project very much of its place. The distinctive red bracing on the exterior of the building reveals the structural skeleton of 8 Chifley, combining structural efficiency, elegance, and most importantly highly functional space planning.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Cross section - click for larger image

The building is made up of two stacked modules of 12 and nine floors, with seven 'villages' of three-storey communal workspaces, providing connectivity and vertical integration between the floors which create the feeling of extensive space. Central to the building's sense of community is the elevated 'village square' on the 18th floor, set within a three-storey void. This area will provide a focal point for occupants of the building, allowing meeting and interaction within a light and airy space.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
North elevation - click for larger image

The building has been designed to make the most of its prominent, north-facing site, bounded by Elizabeth, Hunter and Phillip Streets. Its highly transparent façade, high ceilings and legible structure ensure the building enjoys open and unobstructed views out over the city and a sense of space and light within.

Perhaps the defining feature of the project is the six-storey open space at street level that not only forms a grand entrance to the building, but creates a new, significant area of public space which addresses and completes Chifley Square. The open space is repeated midway up the building and again at the top, integrating Australia's outdoor lifestyle into the city's work environment.

8 Chifley by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
East elevation - click for larger image

8 Chifley is also one of the greenest buildings in Sydney, it has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 certified rating representing "world leadership" in environmentally sustainable design and is committed to achieving a 5 Star NABERS Energy Rating. The design, is very specific to the climate and culture of Sydney. The result is a beautiful piece of architecture that enhances the public realm while providing occupants with wonderful internal spaces within which to develop working communities.

  • rui pedro

    Love the building. Love the structure. Love the scale. Very well integrated with the “neighbourhood”. Accurate approach. Very nice job!

  • spadestick

    Beautiful and striking. I love the red structure. Just one thing though – I’m a little concerned about cleaning the glass ceiling. Now we need a Murcutt one, then a Foster to complete the trophies. Please, no Zaha unless she decides to be tame. Perhaps in her place a Delugan-meissl one.

  • Tie

    I have a new favourite skyscraper. Truly inspiring!

  • Andy

    @spadestick:disqus The Deutsche Bank building next door is a Foster building (the slanted frame roof).

    What I love about the Rogers Stirk Harbour building is its scale. It neatly settles in and seems to not be concerned about cramming in office space, or being the tallest and greatest of them all. That probably has to do more so with the developer and council restrictions, but together it’s made a great addition to the Sydney skyline.

  • Jasper

    There is a pointy Foster right next door!

  • pipe

    That is, unless I’m horribly mistaken, Foster’s Deutsche Bank building adjacent to this one. Generic rugby commercial stuck with empty colourful flash… so suitably Sydney.

  • papou

    This is great architecture!

  • rodrigo

    Kind of looks like the BBVA tower (by Richard Rogers) being constructed in Mexico City.

  • Colonel Pancake

    I don’t think the structure is well-detailed. The half-assed colour doesn’t work for me at all. Either make it colourful or don’t. It does no service to leave some structural members neutral and others red, for some arbitrary sake.

    • sickofbuls$%&t

      What you call ‘arbitrary sake’ is usually called ‘architectural composition’.

  • LPT
  • John Lewis

    I hate to be boring, but how do you fire rate the steel? It’s too thin to be filled with water a la Pompidou and the Australian regulations do not allow required steel not to be rated. Does this mean the red bits are structurally redundant?

    • hgv

      Lewis: the steel members are likely coated with intumescent paint, which expands into a fireproof coating when exposed to fire. This is a typical, but expensive solution to this problem.

  • Chris MacDonald

    Lloyd’s 2.0

  • 수현 이

    Amazing structured building! One thing that I am a bit curious about is the reason of the red braces on its sides? Is there any engineering or structural reason for it, or is it just for the design purpose?

  • JayCee

    Lumpy and second-rate. Like the b*stard offspring of the HSBC in Hong Kong and the Leadenhall in London. The red cross bracing looks redundant next to the huge main structural members, and the colour seems like a gesture towards only making it appear like a Rogers et al. building. I long for the demise of the trading floor building typology. It is a blight infecting the modern city.