The Annex, a tropical treehouse in the City.
Modest by name but ambitious by design, The Annex sits nestled amid Brisbane’s iconic Eagle Street fig trees. It’s also the home of our BVN Brisbane studio.
When we were first engaged to design The Annex at 12 Creek Street, we knew that the nearby heritage-listed group of historic fig trees would have to be central to both the design and daily life of building. The building is tailored to meet contemporary requirements for a connected workplace whilst embracing the qualities and identity of the site. The Annex is unique, identifiable, and enabling as a business destination.
Every detail of the building is designed to connect with the adjacent fig trees, including the sense of ‘being under the canopy’, and ‘looking through the foliage’. Visible from each level of The Annex, the trees are ever present through long views down the street, and lovingly imbued in the architectural detailing. Glass ‘fretwork’ offers privacy and mimics the shifting patterns of the leaves.
Life in the Fig Tree Grove
A new public place has been created under the canopy of the overhead form – extending through to the remade plaza of the existing Blue Tower and the laneway adjacent to the historic building Corbett Chambers. Oriented towards the fig tree grove; this lively space connects and enhances Brisbane’s pedestrian network.
Our Very Own Treehouse
BVN has endorsed The Annex with its own tenancy, relocating the Brisbane studio in 2021 into Levels 3 and 4. It’s a joyful, leafy, sunlit space that invites collaboration, while maintaining malleable spaces for focused work against the backdrop of majestic fig trees. Bathed in sunlight, surrounded by greenery and entwined with nature, The Annex is a city pad and tropical treehouse perfectly suited to Brisbane’s sub-tropical CBD.
Frequency of Guided Tours: 10am - 10.45am 11am - 11.45am 12pm - 12.45pm 1pm - 1.45pm
BOH Volunteer will be at lobby ground.
Recent Architectural or Engineering Awards: 2022 Australian Institute of Architecture Awards (AIA), QLD Chapter, Winner of the GHM Addison Award for Interior Design 2022 Australian Institute of Architecture Awards (AIA), Brisbane Regional Award – Commendation for Interior Architecture 2022 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), Workplace under 1000sqm Commendation 2022 Australian Interior Design Award (AIDA), Best of State Commercial Design & Commendation for Workplace Design 2021 Australian Institute of Architecture Awards (AIA), QLD Chapter, The Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture
Environment Accreditation: 5 Star Green Star rating designed and built 5 Star NABERS Energy As Built rating