Project Description

Location: 205 Queensberry Street, Melbourne
Client: Grocon
Architect: Studio 505
Ratings: 6 Star Green Star Offices v3.0 Design and As-Built, Platinum LEED
Value: $4 million 

On 29 February 2012 it was announced that Pixel had received the world’s highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design*) rating from the US Green Building Council- the first building in Australia to earn this rating.

“There are over 44,000 buildings in 120 countries around the world that have used the LEED rating system. In scoring 105 points out of a possible 110, Pixel has now surpassed all of them. In doing so, Pixel has outscored the previous highest performing LEED building, by a massive 10 points!” Shane Esmore, Umow Lai Director and Head of the Sustainability team, said on receiving the news.

“The Pixel project demonstrates how excellence and innovation can push the boundaries of sustainable design, and while it may be only a small building, its impact will be felt on the design of other office buildings here and around the world.”

Shane was involved in the Pixel project from the outset. He developed many of the innovative technologies that have helped the building surpass all current sustainable commercial developments and in so doing, provide a benchmark for the office of the future.

A sustainability engineer, Shane said that Grocon, Pixel’s owner, developer and constructor, intend to apply some of the technology used in the building for future developments. Umow Lai and Grocon have already begun a further collaboration on another carbon neutral building in Sydney, Legion House that is seeking to break further ground in sustainable building design.

Pixel is a modest four-level building with a striking façade, designed by architects Studio 505.

Designed to be carbon neutral and water balanced the building contains an impressive array of sustainable design technology and innovation. It is located at 205 Queensberry Street, Carlton.


Pixel received a perfect 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating of 105 points, making it the highest possible and highest ever awarded rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

Winning the prestigious Banksia Award, the AIRAH 2011 Excellence in Sustainability Award, Best of the Best and Winner.