Sydney is becoming known as the epicenter of big movements. Some examples are:
The City of Sydney 2030 vision, where the City plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, combined with a network of green infrastructure and the renewal of sites to reduce energy, water and waste.
Earth Hour, where the whole city turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.
And now Australia’s greenest development ‘Central Park’ is starting construction with its first two towers, designed by Jean Nouvel, approved by the NSW Planning Minister.
The site is where an old, run down Fosters brewery used to be. It is in a prime location, close to the city centre, Central Station, two of the main universities of the city UTS and The University of Sydney, and exciting suburbs like Newtown and Glebe.
Just by walking or passing by this area you know that development was required and urgently!
From Central Park Website:
Central Park is set to become an icon of 21st Century living, helping Sydney stake a claim as one of the world’s great urban destinations. Spectacularly located ‘downtown’, at the southern edge of the CBD, Central Park is a $2 billion urban village with a beautiful, spacious park at its heart – an exceptional destination for living, working, meeting friends, shopping, dining out and relaxing.
With 11 buildings, 1,800 apartments and a lively collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, laneways, terraces and offices, Central Park transforms the old Kent Brewery in Chippendale into an intelligent interplay of buildings and public spaces, and raises the benchmark for sustainable living globally.
Designed by a world-leading team of architects in Sydney, London, Paris and Copenhagen, Central Park is inspired by the people of Sydney, and its spacious, landscaped gardens welcome nearby communities into its heart. Upon completion, Sydney will realize its destiny as a city of unrivalled beauty, iconic architecture, and the highest sustainability standards.
As Australian artist Lloyd Rees once said, “A city is the greatest work of art possible”. This has never been more true than at Central Park, which enlarges our sense of what’s possible – now and in the future.
One Central Park:
The first residential stage of Central Park will be called ‘One Central Park’, and be under construction by Christmas. Frasers received approval for One Central Park from the NSW Planning Minister in early July, and are now set to launch the residential apartments for sale in August.One Central Park, designed by Jean Nouvel, comprises two towers of 16 and 33 storeys high, above a six level retail and recreation podium.
Jean Nouvel is one of the world’s best living architects, winning the 2009 Pritzker Prize – the Nobel Prize of architecture. For One Central Park, Nouvel collaborated with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, incorporating over a dozen vertical gardens across the façades of the towers. Garden boxes and vertical wires incorporated into the loggias will wrap the towers in plant life, extending the central parkland at the heart of the new precinct into this very green building.
One Central Park’s eastern tower features a dramatic heliostat installation, extending from the upper levels on a monumental cantilever. The heliostat incorporates an innovative system of fixed and motorized mirrored panels designed to capture sunlight and redirect it into the retail atrium and onto the landscaped terraces. At night the heliostat’s integrated lighting – designed by renowned lighting artist Yann Kersale – will theatrically and colourfully illuminate the towers in a way that has never before been seen in Sydney’s CBD.
“We have a responsibility to be visionary on this landmark site,” said Frasers Property Australia’s Managing Director, Dr Quek. One Central Park will be simply dazzling.
Architects and Designers:
Two Pritzker Prize-winning architects are at the helm of Central Park’s global design team: Sir Norman Foster, one of Britain’s most celebrated architects; and Jean Nouvel, who is famous for designing many of the world’s most distinctive buildings. Their firms, Foster + Partners (London) and Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris) are collaborating with Australia’s most acclaimed architects including Johnson Pilton Walker, Tzannes Associates and Tonkin Zulaikaha Greer, which are based in Sydney. Turf Design (Sydney) and Jeppe Aagaard Andersen (Cophenhagen) are the talented landscape architects behind more than 30,000 square meters of parks and terraces, which will transform Central Park into a destination for the entire city to enjoy.