The Council House 2 (CH2) office building designed by DesignInc, was designed in collaboration with the city of Melbourne to be a holistic system with its occupants as participants. The design follows a model that promotes a more interactive role between the city and nature, in which all parties depend on each other.
The City of Melbourne aims to achieve zero emissions for the municipality by 2020. A major contribution to this strategy is the reduction in energy consumption of commercial buildings by 50%. CH2 was piloted in an effort to provide a working example for the local development market. the brief required a building that as far as possible relied on passive energy systems while producing a premium grade building.