Lyons Designs Carbon-Neutral Building in Melbourne

7 June 2010 (Last Updated June 7th, 2010 18:30)

Melbourne-based practice Lyons has designed a carbon-neutral office building in Melbourne, Australia. The project received planning consent from Melbourne City Council and will house the Australian Institute of Architect's Victoria chapter. The 5,000m² building employs

Melbourne-based practice Lyons has designed a carbon-neutral office building in Melbourne, Australia.

The project received planning consent from Melbourne City Council and will house the Australian Institute of Architect's Victoria chapter.

The 5,000m² building employs various energy and water-efficiency strategies, which will help it achieve a five-star green rating.

The 20-storey building will also feature micro retail space, an architecture gallery, an architectural bookshop, industry conference spaces and 16 levels of commercial strata-titled offices.

A 43% carbon reduction, a 60% carbon saving and 100% carbon neutrality will be achieved by purchasing green power and by using carbon offsets through owner and tenant agreements.

The scheme features a chiselled staircase that begins in the entrance foyer and climbs to the fourth floor, according to architectureanddesign.com.au