8 Chifley

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Height: Occupied
111.7 m / 366 ft
Height: To Tip
140.5 m / 461 ft
Height: Architectural
140.5 m / 461 ft
8 Chifley Outline
Height: Observatory
111.7 m / 366 ft
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Tower GFA
21,700 m² / 233,577 ft²
Development GFA
38,000 m² / 409,029 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name 8 Chifley
Other Names 8 Chifley Square
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Australia
City Sydney
Street Address & Map 8-12 Chifley Square
Postal Code 2000
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Reinforced Concrete
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Energy Label 5.0 Star NABERS Energy Rating; 6 Star Green Star
Construction Start 2010
Completion 2013
Official Website 8 Chifley

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Mirvac Developments
Design Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Architect of Record Lippmann Partnership
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
MEP Engineer
Design Arup
Project Manager Simon Healy
Main Contractor Mirvac Construction
Other Consultant
• Access Morris Goding Accessibility Consulting
• Acoustics Renzo Tonin & Associates
• Artist Jenny Holzer; Barbara Flynn
• Code Philip Chun Group
Façade Arup; Permasteelisa Group
• Geotechnical Douglas Partners
• Landscape Aspect Studios
• Wind Cermak Peterka Petersen (CPP), Inc.
Material Supplier
• Paint/Coating AkzoNobel

About 8 Chifley

The tower at 8 Chifley 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-story interlinked vertical “villages.” These villages, ranging in size from 1,800 to 2,600 square meters, provide the building with a high degree of flexibility, while creating a variety of individual workspace environments that allow privacy and interaction between individuals. This floor space, within a void, and yet within the tower, allows the redistribution of space higher up the building where better views can be enjoyed. The villages are interspersed with full-floor office levels, which allow for multiple villages to be connected. These dramatic vertical business units, each of up to four floors, frame the magnificent views over the cityscape. The larger “villages” create 45 percent more perimeter space with enhanced natural light, compared to traditional floorplates, providing flexibility for either open-plan or cellular-office layouts.

Central to the building’s sense of connectivity and community is the building’s social heart: its elevated “village square,” on the 18th floor, set within a three-story void. This landscaped space contains a glass pavilion for all-weather use. The profiled roof allows level 30 to take on similar qualities to the loggia spaces at ground level and at level 18. Framed by a wind-permeable structure that neutralizes the wind load, the light structure provides shading to the terrace, while allowing an open character.

On a prominent, north-facing site, 8 Chifley makes the most of its small site, which, unusually, is open on three sides, the new building reaches to the edges of its site, opens up at the lower six floors, forming a large public space that addresses one of Sydney’s few existing city squares. This tight site presents a number of logistical construction challenges, which led to extensive use of offsite manufacture and well-timed deliveries to keep to a tight program. Construction started following the demolition of the existing Goodsell building.

The design aims to create a building whose carbon emissions are at least 50 per cent less than those of a “typical” Sydney CBD office, through a wide-ranging environmental design strategy. The blackwater recycling plant for the treatment and reuse of building and main water reduces the building’s demand on potable water supply and discharges. A tri-generation system provides onsite base building power, heating and cooling and peak load reduction from the existing electricity grid. The tri-generation system is also capable of exporting power to other buildings at certain times of the year. A chilled-beam mechanical system reduces energy use and requires a high volume of fresh-air intake. The high-efficiency façade, including external shading and performance glazing reducing heat load, directs sunlight and daylight glare. A naturally ventilated ground floor glass lobby enclosure allows cooling without extensive energy expenditure. The interiors use low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials and minimize the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Basement facilities accommodate cyclists through bike racks, change rooms and lockers, and the roof is designed to accommodate photovoltaic cells at a future date, while a shower and accessible bathroom are provided on each level. In all, these strategies contribute to the building’s 6-Star Green Star rating, the highest achievable in Australia.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Executive Director Presents at Chapter Events in Australia
7-9 Mar 2017 – Event Report

Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne
6-10 Mar 2017 – Event Report

Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report

More Initiatives

CTBUH Initiatives Related to 8 Chifley

CTBUH Executive Director Presents at Chapter Events in Australia
7-9 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
Executive Director Antony Wood delivered two well attended lectures in Sydney and Melbourne, organized by the respective local CTBUH committees.
Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne
6-10 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to Sydney and Melbourne to build support for the 2017 conference through meetings and lectures.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
Ivan Harbour on Design Excellence
29 Jul 2015, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Sydney welcomed Ivan Harbour, of Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, to share his thoughts and experiences with international design excellence competitions.
CTBUH in NSW Holds Launch Event
30 Apr 2014, Sydney – Event Report
The CTBUH in New South Wales, Australia, launched with an evening event at 8 Chifley Square - one of Sydney's newest iconic tall buildings.

Research Papers

A Human-Scaled Future for Dense Development
Jul 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 2

8 Chifley – Sustainable Structural and Fire Engineering
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City

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