Design/Completion 1985-1989


Shell Oil Company

40,000 m 2

Concrete structure

  • RAIA Award, 1991
  • RAIA Commercial Architecture Award, 1991

Located at the extreme corner of Melbourne’s city centre, the site faces open space and parkland with distant mountain and water views.

The plan form of the 28 storey building places the core on the off- view north side. The office floors wrap around the core and maximise the length of building facing toward the full sweep of the panorama.

The building’s shape avoids the railway tunnels cutting across below the site’s corner. The building’s end walls are extended to the boundaries of the site at plaza level and step back as the tower rises at levels corresponding to the heights of adjacent buildings.
These walls ensure mutual visual seclusion and also incorporate air intake and exhaust risers to basement carparks.

The high lobby space contains a porcelain mural by Arthur Boyd and an outdoor sculpture by Charles Perry is in front of the structurally expressive pier which collects the load of three building columns. Typical office floor beams are a uniform 15 m long and all granite faced facade spans are equal.