Commercial Design – Australia


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Award-winning Sydney mixed-use development with vertical gardens

Read the full article at: Defined by its green walls and cantilevered heliostat reflectors, this large-scale development creates a new gateway to the Sydney CBD. Architect Mark Giles talks about how the design maximises connections with the wider community. It’s rare to acquire an entire city block for redevelopment, but when it does happen there’s an unparalleled opportunity for developers and architects to make a significant contribution to the fabric of a city. The former Chippendale United Brewery site on the western fringe of the Sydney CBD has been transformed by a masterplanned joint venture between Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia. But it wasn’t simply a case of throwing out the old for the new. While the developers of the 5.8ha site were looking to raise the benchmark for innovation and sustainability, they were also wanting to preserve key heritage elements and give something back to the city. One Central Park, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, France and collaborating architectural firm PTW Architects, consequently reflects an holistic approach to urban design, says PTW architect Mark Giles. “This was an opportunity to reinvigorate an entire precinct in what is essentially a city of small villages. Connectivity was crucial – for so many years the old brewery site had been closed off to the public. We needed to open up the entire space, hence the idea of a park-like development that would provide through links along key axes. The site is close to Central Railway Station and two universities, so pedestrian traffic is high. “In designing the tall east tower, we took into account the height of the existing UTS building on the other side of road, where Broadway becomes Parramatta Road, a key arterial route. We chose to match this height so the two towers together create a gateway to the city from the west. There is also a strong urban edge to the development on this side. “In contrast, the residential nature of the Chippendale area to the south is reflected in an undulating facade treatment to the south of the two towers. There is also a liveliness to this elevation, with the balconies stepping in and out – this creates a softer facade.” One Central Park East tower, at 33 storeys, provides 383 apartments, while the 16-storey One Central Park West tower accommodates 240 apartments. Sky at Central Park, the precinct’s premium penthouse and sub-penthouse collection, comprises 38 residences in the top five levels of East tower. The development also boasts a five-level 16,000m2 shopping centre beneath a landscaped podium, a Sky Garden at Level 29, a 6400m2 landscaped public park at ground level – Chippendale Green – plus new public pocket parks. Thirty-three heritage elements have been retained and are being restored for adaptive re-use. These include a prominent tiled archway at Carlton Street, terraces and warehouses, three pubs, the Brewery Yard buildings and brick stack, and the original brewery administration building. Video:


New Tyree Energy Technologies building at UNSW Australia showcases sustainable design and research

Read the full article at: Tyree Energy Technologies Building University of New South Wales with student commons, central atrium University Energy Technologies Building walks the sustainability talk with its 6 star energy rating Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at FJMT’s design for a gateway campus building When you’re involved in the field of Energy Technology research … and need a new building … it’s only natural to see this as an ideal opportunity to walk the talk of sustainable design. That was the proposition for the new Tyree Energy Technologies Building at the University of New South Wales. The building not only needed to accommodate new teaching and learning spaces for up to 1240 students … it also had to reflect the university’s focus on sustainable energy technology. On top of that, it had to make a strong design statement. The site is at the junction of three urban zones … and so had the potential to become a significant gateway to the university … and a hub of activity. Architects FJMT’s response was a building with different facades depending on the context. On the north side, a series of wide steps creates a communal area for students. The façade here is extensively glazed … with louvres installed to screen the academic offices behind. The western side has a very different look … to address the street with its retail strip on one side and leafy trees on the other. The design broke this façade is into three distinct modules … clad in terracotta coloured ceramic panels … which incorporate vertical sunscreens to allow light to flood the interior. Automated glazed areas on the saw tooth roof, also allow plenty of natural light into the large central atrium inside the building … and enable it to be naturally ventilated as well. The building is the first at the university to have a rooftop generation system – a 150kW photovoltaic array and an 800kW tri-generation system. Together these produce enough energy to supply the equivalent of 400 houses. Add to that the highly efficient façade … and the underground system that allows the building to be cooled at no cost … and the Tyree Energy Technologies building stands as a demonstration of how to achieve a 6 star energy rating. Video:


Commercial office building in Melbourne

The Australian Institute of Architects raises the benchmark with its new commercial office building on a prominent city corner. Architect Adrian Stanic of Lyons Architects discusses key points of difference that set 41X apart from other commercial building projects. Office tower on small city site. There was a lot of interest in what was proposed for this prime corner building site in the heart of Melbourne. And it's scarcely surprising -- the site at 41 Exhibition Street was owned by the Australian Institute of Architects, which was looking to develop a new commercial building. Architect Adrian Stanic of Lyons Architects, the firm that won a competition to design 41X, as it is known, says the word "exemplar" was used a lot. "The institute was looking to create a benchmark office building that would achieve a very good outcome in terms of both architectural excellence and commercial performance," Stanic says. "In addition, it became increasingly clear as the design evolved, that the building should set a precedent for sustainability." AIA president Paul Berkemeier says that not only was the institute wanting to set serious design benchmarks, but the development also needed to be a prudent investment that would stand the institute in good financial stead for many years to come. However, at 300m2, the size of the site was a challenge for the design team. Stanic says compared to other city blocks, it is a postage stamp. "But it is a premium location amid a lot of solid stone and concrete commercial buildings, and prominent heritage buildings, such as Parliament House. We chose to reference this typology in the materials and form, but in an abstract way. Cost considerations meant we couldn't build in stone, so we chose concrete." Read the full article at Video: