Sitting in contrast to the industrial grit of Cremorne as a progressive commercial building, 600 Church Street reinforces its corner allotment, boldly ascending as a monolithic crystalline glass formation. The building’s faceted outer shell is an intentionally ambiguous interplay with scale. The futuristic form and materiality contrast with the surrounds, accentuating the building’s refined and polished nature against the area’s raw and textured industrial past.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view © Willem-Dirk du Toit
▼近景鸟瞰，closer view © Willem-Dirk du Toit
As the faceted glass bands ascend, the subtle shift in tonality responds to a gradual progression from the building’s industrial base, upward toward the sky. The tonal transition occurs at a height approximate to that of the surrounding suburban buildings. Above, the glazing is lighter and the building further set back. In the resulting interstitial space, a balcony encircles the building for use by the Level 4 tenancy.
▼建筑逐渐收进，the building further sets back © Willem-Dirk du Toit
▼外观，external view © Willem-Dirk du Toit
▼玻璃颜色向上逐渐变浅 © Willem-Dirk du Toit
the color of the glass gradually becomes lighter upwards
▼玻璃表皮细部，details of the glass skin © Willem-Dirk du Toit
▼阳台，balcony © Willem-Dirk du Toit
600 Church Street aims to bring an enhanced level of amenity to the workplace. The building features a first of its kind multi-level bike stacker system and enhanced change rooms, to genuinely promote cycling as an alternative mode of transport. With landscaping by TCL, the roof is a social space encouraging connection between staff while offering visual connection to the city skyline.
▼屋顶露台，roof terrace © Willem-Dirk du Toit
Secondary to the building’s form is the unexpected fine articulation at the ground level where the building intercepts an adjacent laneway. A palette of multi-coloured panels arranged in a concertina pattern picks up on the angles of the facade and connects conceptually to the brilliant refractions within a gemstone. The installation casts reflective light on the narrow pathway, invigorating an otherwise mundane laneway and providing a level of passive surveillance when illuminated at night.
▼临街立面，street view © Willem-Dirk du Toit
▼折叠样式的彩色面板 © Willem-Dirk du Toit
multi-coloured panels arranged in a concertina pattern
The building is composed of retail and hospitality at ground level, and office tenancies above, leading upward to a roof terrace. The inclining and reclining façade elements deliberately obscure the floor plates they intersect with and act to obfuscate one’s sense of the building’s scale. The measured angling of glazing at ground level limits distracting reflections and the overhang over the footpath functions as a street-level awning. The external materiality is echoed in the lobby with bright blue mirror extending throughout the double-height space. Spherical glass pendants suspended at varying heights feature as a dramatic installation whilst also providing a sense of spatial intimacy.
▼租赁办公空间，tenantable office © Willem-Dirk du Toit
▼大厅，lobby © Willem-Dirk du Toit
▼悬挂在不同高度的球形玻璃 © Willem-Dirk du Toit
spherical glass pendants suspended at varying heights
600 Church Street positions its eight stories as an abstract sculptural object offering both contrast and balance to its unique industrial setting.
▼立面效果图，rendering of the facade © Wood Marsh
▼一层平面，ground floor plan © Wood Marsh
▼夹层平面，ground mezzanine plan © Wood Marsh
▼屋顶平面，roof plan © Wood Marsh
▼北立面，north elevation © Wood Marsh
▼东立面，east elevation © Wood Marsh
Project: 600 Church Street
Architect: Wood Marsh
Photography: Willem-Dirk du Toit