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Software giant Atlassian to build world’s tallest timber tower in Sydney

Global software giant Atlassian plans to build the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower for its new headquarters at the southern end of Sydney’s CBD. Source: Timberbiz

The 40-storey building next to Central Station will become the centrepiece of the state government-planned tech hub, which will eventually span from Central to near Redfern station.

Comprising mass timber and a facade of glass and steel, the building will feature a staggered outdoor garden as well as self-shading to control temperatures. Once complete in 2025, it will accommodate up to 4000 Atlassian staff, and a YHA hostel on its lower levels.

The building will generate 2500 jobs and nearly $1bn for the local economy.

Atlassian has billed it as the tallest “commercial hybrid timber” building in the world at 180 metres high featuring a mix of outdoor and indoor areas.

Atlassian, which is run by billionaire co-CEOs Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, will be the key tenant.

The building will be designed by New York-based architects SHoP, who will work in conjunction with Australian outfit BVN.

Dubbed Tech Central, the building will operate on 100% renewable energy and will use 50% less carbon in construction compared with a conventional building.

The new headquarters is due to be completed in 2025.