Sydney’s sustainable One Central Park takes out top award


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One Central Park has been bestowed the honour of ‘2014 Best Building Worldwide’ by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

 The CTBUH has been acknowledging projects across the globe that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment since 2007.

This year’s awards were announced during the CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Symposium, held at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology. A judging panel of industry experts considered the four regional winners of the Best Tall Building category.

Earlier this year, One Central Park was the recipient of the ‘Best Tall Building’ award in the Asian and Australasian region. The building then progressed to take on buildings in Dubai, the Netherlands and the United States for global glory.

The Sydney high-rise impressed the judges with hydroponic hanging gardens and a sizable cantilevered mirror, which harvests sunlight for heat and lighting year-round.

“Seeing this project stopped me dead,” said juror and CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood.

“There have been major advances in the incorporation of greenery in high-rise buildings in the past few years – but nothing on the scale of this building has been attempted or achieved.”

Ateliers Jean Nouvel partner Bertram Beissel accepted the award on his firm’s behalf, saying that the project increases the visibility of sustainable design.

“If we do all these sustainable things and no one can see them, do they really exist?” Mr Beissel said.

“The choices we make for a sustainable future cannot be made in the future. They must be made today.”

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