The designs for what is claimed will be the largest timber building in Melbourne’s CBD have been unveiled.

In a statement, the GPT Group has released the design for what it says will be the largest timber building in Melbourne’s CBD area.

Named Frame, the 19,400 square meter tower will sit atop Melbourne Central at 300 Lonsdale Street, and its distinctive frame structure will be exposed through a glass façade.

Designed by the award-winning architecture and urban design practice ARM Architecture, Frame will feature a hotel-inspired skylobby on level five and floor plates of approximately 2,000 square metres.

GPT’s Head of Office & Logistics Matthew Faddy said Frame will be a ground-breaking office building, connected to elevated garden spaces and a new rooftop retail, entertainment and dining precinct at Melbourne Central.

“Frame will deliver a superior level of amenity to any workplace in Australia. It provides a fully integrated office, retail and cultural environment that offers more than just deskspace,” said Mr Faddy.

“Frame will feature abundant natural light and a warehouse-style environment, with the design of the building aimed to improve the sense of well-being of its occupants.”

ARM Architecture Principal Ian McDougall said Frame’s forward-thinking design addresses the needs of the new, socially conscious generation of worker, promoting wellness and encouraging positive social exchange through green open spaces and dedicated wellbeing retail offerings.

“The new rooftop retail precinct is a unique concept where city dwellers and visitors gather to learn, interact, have fun and be inspired. It is a meeting place between workers and the rest of the city,” he said.

The building is aiming to deliver a 5 Star NABERS Energy and Water Rating, a 5 Star Green Star, and WELL Gold Standard.

Colliers International have been appointed leasing agents for Frame.