The world’s tallest hybrid timber tower building will be the new headquarters of Australian tech giant Atlassian, and home to thousands of technology workers when it opens in 2025.

Designed in collaboration with NY firm SHoP and Australian design practice BVN, Atlassian’s new headquarters will stand 40 stories tall, and boast a total height of 180 m (590 ft).

The building will have approximately 40 floors and will feature natural ventilation and large planted terraces.

Despite the dramatically changed short-term work environment through the work-from-home influence of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct project is the definition of “shovel-ready”, and the state will announce its plans to move ahead without delay.

It is understood the redevelopment plans and public funding commitments for the redevelopment site have been in place in since the start of the year, but its announcement had been postponed on the back of bush fires and coronavirus.

“Atlassian has their eyes set firmly on the future, this project will achieve a number of “firsts” globally and in Australia”, Ninotschka Titchkosky, BVN co-CEO, said in a statement.

BVN were chosen as the design team, with SHoP as the architects.

The building will use a technique known as Mass Timber Construction (MTC), involving a steel exoskeleton that supports the rest of the structure. It’s estimated that the operation of the building, where 4000 Atlassian employees will work, will require 50 per cent less energy than its steel and concrete counterparts. The building will be at the Railway Square end of Central Station and incorporate the Parcels Shed, which is now a YHA but from 1912 to the early 1980s, was a place where parcels were delivered and dispatched.

Atlassian, founded in 2001 by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, says the tower will house 4,000 staff and form the hub of a new tech precinct in the central Sydney business district.

It will completely regenerate Central Station as part of the NSW Government’s plan to build a new tech precinct attracting 25 000 workers. Standing at around 180 metres tall timber tower, the finished building will overtake Vancouver’s Terrace House, now under construction, which was slated to be the world’s tallest hybrid timber building at 71 metres.

“The space that we are building will be highly sustainable and highly flexible”.

“Even with a highly distributed workforce, we’ll need a place to come together”, he said.

“Now we can design this space especially for these new ways of working”, he said.

The building is leading edge in its application of Mass Timber Construction (MTC).

Construction of the Atlassian headquarters will generate 2500 additional jobs and add nearly one billion dollars a year to the Australian economy.

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