Microsoft Flagship Store – Regent St

Architect Gensler
Project Manager Mace Group
Area 19,000 SFT
Client Microsoft Corporation
Data, IT & communications
Engineering advisory
Engineering design & documentation
Fire protection
Hydraulic/public health
Specialist lighting

A new Microsoft flag ship store opened on the corner of Regent St and Oxford St in July this year. Within a heritage listed building, the store comprises of 4 floors of retail space separated in the middle by a feature timber and glass balustrade staircase. Medland Metropolis worked closely with Microsoft and Gensler to deliver the building services installation to meet brand standards and offering solutions that compliment and integrate with the architecture.

Key design innovations included:

  • Natural ventilation to ground floor space. Ventilation louvres optimised to suit facade and occupancies.
  • Medium ventilation heat recovery to other floors using heat from the extracted air to heat the incoming fresh air thus saving energy
  • Air distribution concealed into ceiling details.
  • VRF systems capable of providing simultaneous heating and cooling enabling them to transfer heat from warm air of the store requiring cooling and use it in a cooler area of the building that requires heating thus saving energy
  • Video wall cooling entirely from recirculated room temperature air.
  • Door heating incorporated into entry columns with heat recovered from video walls.
  • High quality LED lighting is used to ensure energy efficiency. Identical colour temperatures were selected for lighting in designated areas to provide a lighting consistency which complimented the architectural design.
  • DMX and DALI lighting control system incorporating automated occupancy and scene setting control with maximum flexibility. Daylight harvesting to luminaires based on the perimeter zone to reduce energy use while still maintaining optimum lighting levels.

The whole design was done using Building Information Modelling software. Drawings were produced in Revit.