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In 2014, the ACT Government agreed to make considerable change to its property holdings adopting a ‘Hub and Satellite’ approach. This saw major consolidation into the city centre and construction of strategically important hubs connected to new transport links through the north of Canberra. The site of the new ACT Government Office in Dickson, was offered to market with a pre-commitment to lease 13,200m² NLA office space. The sits adjacent to the Cape Street Bus interchange and the Dickson light rail station providing excellent connectivity and the first “true” transit oriented development in Canberra.

The ACT Government conducted a two stage competitive tender process and Doma was selected as the preferred developer to Design, Construct and manage the new building with a 20-year nominated Gross lease back arrangement.

The six storey base building construction is was completed by Bloc in 2020. The building provides 285 publicly available car spaces set across 

The six storey building includes an all-electric HVAC system, solar panel array and will deliver a 5 star NABERS Energy rating and 5 star Design and As built Greenstar rating upon completion.

The ACT Government office building marks the regeneration of both the Dickson precinct and Northbourne Avenue corridor. The building in its clear two-part form acts as a hinge where these two places meet. Each side of the building has its own glazed and grided articulated facade that sits comfortably with each other. The siting of the building hard up to Northbourne Avenue creates a plaza to the east which forms the primary entry zone at street level. A careful shift of geometry between the two parts creates an atrium that ensures light penetrates to the heart of every floor.

The atrium with its elegant spiral stair as a focus then forms the natural location for circulation both vertically and horizontally.

Curved sweeping balconies wrap around its edges creating a layered effect that draws the eye to the light from above and creates places for users to rest and meet. These balcony edges are made with human scale and touch in mind to invite interaction, comfort and delight. Such integrated care in detailing which draws the composition together can be seen throughout from the façade to the canopy at reception to the design of integrated signage for workplace neighbourhoods.


  • CATEGORY Commercial / Hotel / Residential
  • LOCATION 480 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT
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