jean nouvel: one central park
jean nouvel: one central park jean nouvel: one central park
jul 30, 2010

jean nouvel: one central park

‘one central park’ by jean nouvel image courtesy atelier jean nouvel




earlier this month ‘one central park’ designed by french architect jean nouvel received approval. plans were unveiled for the project back in 2008, but has faced government planning issues. located on the site of a former brewery in sydney city, the 600 million AUD project is comprised of two towers which are 16 and 33 storeys high, above a six level retail and recreation podium. the 250,000 square meter development, managed by frasers property, will contain a number of architect designed buildings, a new urban park, and the retention and reuse of over 32 heritage items currently existing on site.


for the project nouvel collaborated with french artist and botanist patrick blanc, incorporating over a dozen vertical gardens across the facades 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 lighting artist yann kersale – will theatrically and colourfully illuminate the towers.


the project will be accompanied by a 274 AUD million commercial development of 10 to 15 storeys, designed by british architects foster + partners, as well as a new underground carpark. construction has been underway on the main park and new roads since march 2010. ‘one central park’ will begin construction in december this year.

the heliostat installation – captures sunlight image courtesy atelier jean nouvel

image courtesy atelier jean nouvel

the towers facing broadway st, sydney image courtesy atelier jean nouvel

image courtesy atelier jean nouvel

image courtesy atelier jean nouvel

aerial view of ‘one central park’

model of ‘one central park’ image via the messiah

model of ‘one central park’ image via the messiah

model of ‘one central park’ image via the messiah

model of ‘one central park’ image via the messiah

model of ‘one central park’ image via the messiah

model of ‘one central park’ image via the messiah

floor plan

the construction site – july 2010 image © designboom

excavation work in progress image © designboom

construction in 2008

clearing of the site in 2008

  • Why all new buildings are like from some catastrophic, half destroid world? A world that has been conquered by nature.


    Diogo de Carvalho says:
  • How amazing – like a faerie’s dream of Bauhaus.
    Yes, something from another world, filled with light
    and fantasy.

    Judith Abraham says:
  • Impressive, will certainly brighten the area around Central Station d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • what the f is up w/ that cantilevered part? retarded!

    LML says:
  • not good.

    J1 says:
  • WOW! i’m so excited to see this built! What an amazing new feature for Sydney- some thing different and spectacular. It’s not my favourite building ever- but I’m delighted to see some thing like this get through the approval process!! says:
  • Bold, Fresh, daring, using natural resources intelligently, allowing for nature to be part of our environment…. Bravo !!! We need more of these balanced designs (and I’m not referring to the cantilever)

    CJ says:
  • filling buildings with green.
    will it really help the environment or trend

    TEN says:
  • who gets to clean the mirrors?

    IM Pei says:
  • The idea of using moveable mirrors to focus sunlight on shady areas is intriguing — bringing in light at little cost, presumably — but I don’t think I’d like to occupy any room immediately below and facing beneath the cantilever. Wouldn’t it be scary to look out and see this monstrous thingamajig looming overhead?

    FLW says:
  • like it. says:
  • no doubt – impressive images… but at the end of the day just another heap of concrete/glass boxes graciously masked by some greenery… not to forget the ridiculous cantilever…

    mw says:
  • totally taken from Herzog & de Meuron !!!

    Tsche says:
  • … taken from Herzog & de Meuron … and NOT impressive at all! Take the vegetation away and you’ll get your déjà-vu condo sold as a pseudo piece of ‘great’ architecture! Boring, pretentious, unambitious, …

    Tsche says:
  • Its very sad…..a building just wrapped by plants and creepers…..obviously doesnt make it green…..architects these days are worried about green architecture and try to camoufloge the whole concrete underneath….its very explicit and a bad advertisement for green architecture…….think lesson needs to be learnt from ken yeang…….

    Sathish says:

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