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Date June-August 2009
Client Built Qld Pty Ltd
Design partner Geyer
Consulting engineer mpn

QIC Corporate Offices

A structure of contradiction and personality

QIC Office Refurbishment Project (2009) Central Plaza 2, 66 Eagle St, Brisbane.


Hovering within an envelope of stainless steel and glass, a structure defying logic gracefully ascends through the QIC headquarters. Involving three fully unsupported cantilevered staircases linking four levels, the project included the extensive structural steel reinforcing required to support this amazing sculpture. The stark glass and stainless steel of the main structure adds relief to the abundant timber of the fit-out. Upholstery landing soffits and large curved corners to the glazing are the final softening touches to this artistic wonder.

Stringer Construction: Seriously engineered, commercial grade, steel open tread, reinforced plate and gusset mono-stringers including landing support clad in sheet stainless steel (MS2)

Treads: Pre-finished select grade Blackbutt manufactured treads rebated over the steel tread plates with self-adhesive tape 50mm 3M “Sparkling Black” non-slip nosing strips. Includes stainless steel under tread cover plates.

Balustrade (Stairs): 65x12mm flat bar satin stainless steel stanchions with slotted off-stand 38mm satin stainless steel through glass patch fittings supporting 12mm clear toughened laminated glass in-fill balustrade and (H12), and Continuous 38.1mm CHS stainless steel handrail.

Balustrade (Level): 12mm clear toughened laminated glass cantilevered panels in grouted glazing channels with rebated nom 50mm pre-finished Blackbutt dowel handrails to stairwell void edges (F0).

Other Elements: Extensive pre-sheet structural steel reinforcing, upholstered landing soffits and frameless glass smoke baffles