Botannica – Building 3

Location:Richmond, Victoria
Architect:Gray Puksand
Finishes:Anodised Matt Bamboo, Matt Kelp, Matt Nebbio, Bright Quarry Beige, Matt Ochre
Product:Custom Aluminium Perforated Screens
Completed:November 2019

A context-sensitive addition to Richmond’s Botanicca Corporate Park.

As the final stage of the original Botanicca Corporate Park scheme, the newly designed Building 3 by Gray Puksand references and builds upon the established precinct. 

The two-tower design concept for Botanicca Building 3 draws upon the approved masterplan by respecting the existing massing and original urban design solution. Growthpoint, the developer of the site, wanted a building that would exceed the benchmarks of the buildings around Botanicca. 

“Our solution leverages the wonderful position that Botanicca has in the inner-city fringe of Melbourne,” says Gray Puksand Partner Nik Tabain. “The design provides two separate towers with large floor plates, but not so large that people are in deep parts of the floor away from windows.” 

The heights of both buildings rise to the western end of the site, providing a gradual ascent, and establishing a significant landmark for the entire precinct. 

The two towers have a clear break in their massing to produce a scale and interest to the Swan Street frontage, a key component of the building’s urban design contribution. 

Coloured, perforated sunshades provide a uniform architectural vernacular across the towers. The frame supporting these sunshades is the defining feature, emphasising the ascending form. 

The anodised colours of the sunshades are inspired by the native flora in the area. Specifically river red gums and the site’s existing scar tree. “Colours that are found in the river red gums are used to provide a multi-coloured and multi-faceted façade. We aim to bring back to the site the colours that existed over 200 years ago,” says Tabain. 

Words from Gray Puksand