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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  no.102 Santiago ago. 2019 

Works & projects

One Central Park

Jean Nouvel1 

1 Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris, Francia.


As part of a masterplan to renovate the Central Park area in Sydney, this building not only speculates with the obvious ground-multiplication scheme but also with the revitalizing possibilities of mixed uses, the maximizing of natural light and the extension of the adjacent park through its green façades. Economic speculation thus manages to push the boundaries of the architectural one.

Keywords: speculationbuilding; landscape; sustainability; project

Source: © David Edwards, CC-BY-3.0

Figure 1 

Two iconic towers designed for Block 2 of the Frasers Broadway project transform the skyline of Sydney. The program includes a 34-story residential apartment tower and a 12-story serviced apartment tower set on a common retail podium. The 130 meter high building is the culminating landmark of the multi-building Frasers Broadway project, located on a former brewery site near the downtown.

Source: © Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Local collaborating architect: PTW Architects

Figure 2 Plan level 1 

Source: © Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Local collaborating architect: PTW Architects

Figure 3 Plan level 6 

Source: © Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Local collaborating architect: PTW Architects

Figure 4 Plan level 29 

Source: © Kgbo, CC-BY-4.0

Figure 5 

A vertical landscape designed in collaboration with French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc covers approximately 50 % of the building’s façade area. The landscape extends the planted area of the adjacent urban park vertically onto the building, creating an exceptional living environment for the building’s residents and a powerful green icon on the Sydney skyline.

Figure 6 East and north facades. Vertical rhythm 

Figure 7 East and north facades. Vegetation: species and colours 

Hydroponic walls together with the low profile horizontal planters and cables integrated into the tower’s facades support a variety of climbing and spreading plants. The plants act as a natural sun control device that changes with the seasons, shielding the apartments from direct sun during summer while admitting a maximum of sunlight in winter. A combination of sustainable design strategies makes Block 2 the first residential tower in Sidney to achieve a 6 Green Star rating. The apartments and serviced apartments feature indoor/outdoor loggias that extend the living space outside to take maximum advantage of Sidney’s temperate climate. On the north and east façades, the loggias extend in from the façade to protect residents from noise, wind and sun. On the south and west they extend out from the façade to take maximum advantage of views toward the park.

Figure 8 South and west facades. Horizontal rhythm 

Figure 9 South and west facades. Vegetation: species and colours 

The residential tower is marked by a monumental cantilever near its summit. The cantilever houses a common room and panoramic terrace for the residential apartments. A motorized heliostat fixed to the cantilever captures sunlight and reflects it down into the area of the park overshadowed by the tower. The heliostat is illuminated at night by French lighting artist Yann Kersalé.

Source: © Rob Deutscher, CC-BY-2.0

Figure 10 

Source: © Design architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Local collaborating architect PTW Architects

Figure 11 Section 

The tower and the adjacent park are linked by a series of cascading planted terraces. A lower level plaza lined with cafés and shops provides direct access to the shopping center from the park. Through-block links from the main street through the shopping center to the park connect the elements together in a fluid architectural promenade.

Source: © Edward Russell, CC-BY-2.0

Figure 12 

The project pushes the integration of landscape and tower architecture to a new level and offers Sidney a new architectural icon that symbolizes the city’s sustainable future.

Source: © Sardaka, CC-BY-4.0

Figure 13 

Source: © Kgbo, CC-BY-4.0

Figure 14 

One Central Park

Architects: Jean Nouvel - Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Collaborating architects: PTW Architects

Contributors: Bertram Beissel, Emmanuel Blamont, Terry Brabazon, Brian Wait, Paul Van Ratingen, Hakan Aldogan, Elisabeth Kather, Didier Lobjois, Roula Akiki, Arnaud Brichet, Arnaud Coutine, Bernard Duprat, Sara Hearne, Kirsi Marjamaki Mas, Narjis Lemrini, Clément Meurisse, Justine Puyaubreau, Emmanuelle Stalla-Bourdillon, Nobuo Yoshida, Qiang Zou, Ludovic Magnfico, Jack Self, Shadyr Shakiba, Ouded Rozenkizer

Location: 1&3 Carlton Street and 2 Chippendale Way, Sydney, Australia

Client: Frasers Property Australia, Sekisui House Australia Ingeniería Structural engineering: Aedis, Robert Bird Group

Construction: Watpac Construction (NSW) Pty Ltd

Mechanical engineering: Arup

Lighting: Arup

Landscape: Ewen Le Ruic, Irene Djao-Rakitine, Celine Aubernias, Patrick Blanc, Jean-Claude Hardy, Aspect Oculus

Energy efficiency: Transsolar

Environment: Arup

Built area: 135.000 m2

Site area: 255.500 m2

Project year: 2008-2010

Construction year: 2010-2014

Renders: Benjamin Alcover, Julien Cottier, Etienne Feher, Narjis Lemrini, Amanda Ortland, Didier Ghislain

Models: Jean-Louis Courtois


Jean Nouvel École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1972. Founding member of the Mars 1976 movement and co-founder of the Labor Union of French Architects. Designer of the Arab World Institute (Paris, 1987), the Cartier Foundation (Paris, 1994), the Agbar Tower (Barcelona, 2005), the extension of the Queen Sofia Arts Center (Madrid, 2005), the 40 Mercer luxury residences (New York, 2008), the Philharmonie de Paris (Paris, 2015), the Louvre Abu Dhabi (2017). In 1989, The Arab World Institute in Paris was awarded the Aga-Khan Prize. In 2000, Jean Nouvel received the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale and in 2001, he received the Gold Medal of the RIBA, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan’s Fine Arts Association and the Borromini Prize for the Culture and Conference Center in Lucerne. He was appointed Doctor Honoris Causa of the Royal College of Art in London in 2002 and he was the recipient of the Pritzker Prize in 2008.s, 2014).

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