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Designed by Jean Nouvel with collaborating architect PTW, Sydney’s new urban renewal and development is the Central Park in the Central Business District spanning 5.8 hectares. Previously located on an industrial site, the mixed use development includes retail, commercial, residential, and community spaces including the huge public park in its center. Social and environmental initiatives underpin One Central Park’s unique design with parkland where there previously was none; now approximately 64,000 square meters of landscaped areas, including the spectacular vertical gardens designed by Patrick Blanc, have become a significant contribution to the area and a worthy ‘new southern gateway’ to Sydney’s CBD.

The innovative two towers feature ground-breaking architectural elements including the 42-meter cantilevered Sky Garden / Heliostat with 320 glittering reflectors on the 100 meter high greenroof plus the highest greenwalls currently in the world at 150 meters high. The vertical gardens use Patrick Blanc’s hydroponic Le Mur Vegetal system, interspersed in 23 various sized panels across the facades of the two towers, spanning over 1000 square meters. Also, simple wire trellising from planter boxes were placed all around the building, encompassing about 2 kilometers for climbers and trailing plants. Plants chosen needed to be able to withstand great drying winds and strong sun on top to more shade on the lower areas close to the street. 350 different species of plants used in the green walls alone, including 250 native Australian species.

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Photography/Images: Patrick Blanc, Jean Nouvel & via Frasers Property & Sekuisi House: Murray Fredericks, Simon Wood.
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One Central Park – Project of the Week 12/12/16

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