Like mighty Zeus, Gray Puksand has thrown their thunder bolt into the suburb of Notting Hill, Victoria.

Where lightning strikes now stands the Olympus Office Building. Situated in Goodman’s Ferntree Business Park, this building is a four storey office building dedicated to Olympus’ Australian operations. 

Unlike most office parks in Melbourne’s outskirts, the master plan for Ferntree Business Park does not propose generic office buildings positioned along a central ‘main street.’ 

Instead, the master plan provides a series of parks with the office buildings arranged as a lively backdrop. Olympus is one of these buildings. Sitting perpendicularly to the estate road, the building’s entry is defined by lower level glazing at the corner that leads to a central entry statement. This entry incorporates a crevasse of full height glazing and Olympus’s corporate colours.

The back of the building is defined by a yellow clad stair tower that opens onto the park. From Ferntree Gully Road, this tower terminates the vista opened up by two existing buildings on site. The tower contains the mandatory fire egress while also providing a balcony for staff. Each office floor plan uses a side core configuration which provides a wide and flexible expanse for Olympus’s fit out.

The façade provides a refreshing approach to environmentally sensitive design. The distribution of these windows is in a contemporary pattern of diagonal panels with glazing.

Rather than the typical adornment of louvres and sunshades, the façade balances solid and glazed portions to achieve sun protection requirements.