Atlassian to Build Huge “Hybrid Timber” Skyscraper

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July 31, 2020
Aerial view.
Bird’s-eye view. Images courtesy of BVN.

Global software giant Atlassian has released plans to build the world’s “tallest hybrid timber tower” as its new headquarters in Sydney, Australia. At 180 meters (590 ft.) high, the 40-story structure will accommodate approximately 4,000 staff and also house a 480-bed youth hostel on the lower levels.

Designed by New York City architect SHoP in partnership with Australian firm BVN, the structure is scheduled to be completed in 2025. The building will be of cross-laminated timber wrapped by a diagrid steel tube and “staggered glass envelope” and will operate completely on renewable energy, including a solar-panel façade. The envelope will encase staggered floor plates, and internal garden terraces will run the height of the tower as well as perch on the roof.

The building is to be constructed in a newly designated tech precinct near the landmark Central Railway Station.

View a video of the planned structure below.