Photo: A new attention-getter in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley section: Jubilee Place combines old and new, the futuristic and the sustainable.
Cheers! For 133 years, the sound of glasses clinking rang out in Brisbane's Jubilee Hotel. Recently, however, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane's hottest up-and-coming neighborhood, has had to do without the services of this time-honored pub. Its two-story brick building is part of the innovative Jubilee Place development project.
A special place, inside and out
A notable feature of Jubilee Place, which opened in March 2022, is a futuristic office tower. That structure's unusual architecture complements and enhances the revitalized historical brick building next door. Connecting the two is a 250 m2 plaza that is open to the public. The new building has 14 stories and includes roughly 18,000 m2 of office space. An external steel beam structure was created to meet the weight restrictions of the M7 Clem Jones traffic tunnel, which runs underneath the site.
As a result, the new cantilevered building requires only four internal supports, making it possible for the building's floors, measuring 1,500 m2, to be open and flexible. These are the best possible conditions for an inspiring working environment. Also contributing to that environment is the office tower's inviting ground floor. A particular eye-catcher is a painting by artist Ben Quilty, commissioned especially for Jubilee Place. Quilty, who has won numerous prizes, is one of Australia's most famous living artists.