8 Chifley

Lead Designer
Prize(s)1st Place in Architecture Categories / New Commercial Building
Entry Description

8 Chifley is a premium grade office building in Sydney, Australia. The scheme developed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Lippmann Partnership – comprises of a 30-storey office building situated in the Central Business District (CBD) of Sydney. The overall concept is for a development that provides functional quality offices while creating opportunities for connectivity between occupiers from different parts of the building.

The office spaces across 21 levels are connected by a series of adaptable two- and three-storey interlinked vertical ‘villages’. These villages – ranging from 1,800 to 2,600 m² – provide the building with a high degree of flexibility.
These villages create a variety of individual workspace environments which allow privacy and interaction between
individuals. This hollowing out of floor space within the tower allows the redistribution of space higher up the
building where better views can be enjoyed. The villages will be interspersed with full floor office levels which allow for multiple villages to be connected.

Central to the building’s sense of connectivity and community is the elevated ‘village square’ on the 18th floor set within a three-storey void. This area provides a focal point for all occupants of the building, comprising an entire floor of multi-functional, landscaped space. A five-storey open space at street level creates a grand entrance to the building as well as creating a new, significant area of public space.

The latest technology and materials have been used to help modify the internal environment. The building’s carbon emissions are at least 50 per cent less than those of a ‘typical’ Sydney CBD office. It also achieves a high degree of sustainability through effective water reduction, reduced emissions of CFCs and the use of sustainably-sourced materials. A balanced approach to these areas – where appropriately implemented – resulted in a 6-Star ‘Greenstar’ rating, the highest benchmark achievable in Australia.