The Santos building, which is the national head office for one of Australia’s major oil, gas, exploration and production organisations, consists of thirteen occupied levels with a full height internal atrium and 15m x 67m column free floor plates. Representing the core values of the tenant Santos, the building was awarded a 5 Star Green Star as built certification by The Green Building Council of Australia.
Maximising ‘passive design’ opportunities, guided the basic footprint of the building with the long narrow shape assisting good penetration of natural light and a large-span, open floor providing a highly flexible work zone. Sustainable design initiatives included a high performance, double glazed, curtain wall system, utilisation of solar assisted domestic hot water, an active chilled beam air-conditioning system and motorised external sun shade louvres. Local products were used for construction in order to reduce carbon emissions caused by transporting materials to the site.