Darrell Lea Mixed Use Building

Kogarah, Sydney 2011

Darrell Lea Mixed Use Building

“...speculative commercial/industrial buildings like this need to be flexible, highly efficient and no less delightful to users and passers-by…”

The site is a 4,000 square metre allotment with excellent exposure to Rocky Point Road. Lippmann Partnership was commissioned to design a new facility capable of adapting to varying tenant requirements by capitalizing on the potential of the site. A 2,000 square metre high bay warehouse was provided at the rear of the site with a 4 storey commercial building along Rocky Point Road. Both buildings were designed to be interconnected or broken into smaller tenant configurations and capable, during a long life of providing highly flexible tenancy configurations for single or multiple tenants. Apart from bulky goods uses, commercial offices and medical suites were considered as strong possible uses. Basement parking is provided for 60 cars. Excellent exposure is provided to the western façade and a solar controlled fully glazed wall is provided to reduce thermal loads and glare. A landscaped breezeway between the two main buildings encourages a passive cooling strategy and offers a landscaped break-out space for office and warehouse staff alike. A clearly articulated service core and glass lift at the northern end of the office building serves the basement and commercial floors which are flexible commercial floor plates. This speculative bulky goods/retail commercial office building was designed during the global financial crisis and constructed without the benefit of a pre-committed tenant but was tenanted immediately upon completion by a single large corporate tenant with smaller start-up tenancies occupying the top floor of the office building. Future changes to the building allow for a range of new tenants and different uses. 

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