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Client: Macquarie Goodman
Architect: Lacoste and Stevenson
Status: Complete

An outstanding building simply by virtue of its 30 metres height and the tongue in cheek bar coded facade, the work of designer and architect Thierry Lacoste. Within this facade is a maze of 21 metre high rack storage. Track mounted pole cranes are operated 24 hours a day to place and retrieve archive boxes. The design evolution was based on a close working relationship between client, planners and the contractor. Given the buildings dimensions, 140 metres by 120 metres, the primary design consideration was stability during construction which took place during Sydney's windiest months. As the building was clad, its wind profile and its structural capacity varied, not always being compatible. Temporary stays were used to baton down the 35 metre high walls until the overall building integrity was achieved.

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