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Pixel Building by Grocon

Is Grocon’s new Pixel building the office of the future? Judges of the 2010 Banksia Awards say yes.

Pixel Building by Grocon


December 20th, 2010

The Pixel building by Grocon, located in Melbourne on the old Carlton Brewery site, was awarded the prize for ‘Built Environment – Harmonious Man-Made Landscapes’ at the 2010 Banksia Awards.

Judges of the Banksia Awards – the most prestigious environmental awards in Australia – commended the building for its sustainable design and innovation and proclaimed it the ‘office of the future.’

The award was presented to Grocon by the Laminex Group, past winner of the Banksia Award and a company that, like Grocon, is committed to innovative and environmentally responsible building exceeding Australian standards.


Pixel achieved a perfect score of 100 points by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), the highest Green Star score ever awarded by the GBCA.

The project’s commitment to carbon neutrality is impressive, featuring a vacuum toilet system that consumes the absolute minimum amount of water and an anaerobic digestion system that extracts methane from waste and uses it as an energy source for hot water throughout the building.

Photovoltaic panels and wind turbines on the roof were designed to capture power; glare control panels ensure thermal comfort, and rainwater is captured and used through a reed bed system and green roof.


The Pixel building is also the first commercial building outside Britain to meet full criteria for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) project certification. All wood products used are sourced from FSC certified forests and recycled timber.

“We believe Pixel truly is the office of the future and one of the most sustainable buildings in the world,” said David Waldren, Grocon Carlton Brewery General Manager.


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