Golden Group Pty Ltd
Belmont, Western Australia

This project for an office complex forms part of an urban design master plan for the Belmont Racecourse vicinity designed in a joint venture with Foster & Partners.

The first two commissions identified in the master plan were an extensive upgrade to the existing racecourse grandstand and the opposite 40,000m² office complex.

The site geometry is triangular with curved frontage to the Graham Farmer Freeway on the South-West. Other edges are rounded by the radials of roads adjacent, one of which is the main access road for the master plan that connects to the freeway off-ramp and flyover.

The premise guiding the design called for a process that programmed the best possible site-specific configuration of flexible floorplates ideal for lease to different tenants with varying space requirements. Analysis of the present leasing market data determined a 1500m² floorplate. Five typical 1500m² units of space were stacked to form rectangular building blocks that were then arranged on site to frame space between them for courtyards and atria. Each has facades that respond to city and river views and environmental conditions.

The podium entrance level is accessed via a pedestrian bridge link across the freeway, servicing the train station via stair, ramp and elevator systems that establish connections to:

  • The racecourse and gymnasium
  • The Swan River promenade and its future-planned retail development; and to four levels of parking in the podium and basement structure below

The office development has two entrances off the courtyards to foyers and lifts cores that provide access to all the floorplates that traverse the site. At podium level, cafes and service retail offer provide an amenity for office employees.

Openings left between the stacked building blocks permit the prevailing south-westerly breeze through the building form and into courtyards. Roof surfaces are planted and provide an accessible amenity to those offices that open out onto them.