One Central Park


One Central Park

LocationChippendale, Sydney, NSW
ClientFrasers Property/Watpac
ServicesLandscape Architecture
Site Area6 ha
Budget$1.8 million (AUD)

Central Park is one of Sydney’s most significant urban infill redevelopments, occupying nearly six hectares of what once was the old Carlton & United Brewery site, bordered by Broadway and Abercrombie Streets in Chippendale. This mixed-use urban precinct includes residential (1,900 apartments), commercial, retail and new public parklands, integrating heritage buildings, sustainable technologies, a series of artworks and community facilities to create this new urban village in downtown Sydney.

The Aspect OCULUS team were engaged by Frasers Property to provide landscape architectural services for the One Central Park building designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel with PTW Architects. This mainly residential apartment building also includes ground level retail, podium level commercial and gym/spa.

The key landscape elements at Central Park include:

• A total of 2,700 linear planter boxes on balconies • Internal sloping greenwall alongside retail escalators • Sunken courtyard with access to retail • Ground level landscape • Level 5 podium garden with pool • Level 29 cantilevered Sky Garden.

The overall design intent for the building was to clothe much of the facades in planting, both through a number of large vertical gardens designed by Patrick Blanc and through facade planting (designed by Aspect Oculus). The linear balcony planter boxes wrap all façades of the apartment buildings from level 2 to level 33 creating around 7 linear kilometres of greenery around both towers.

Aspect OCULUS selected a diverse mixture of over 100 different native and exotic plant species for use on the building facades, depending on the height, aspect and wind exposure. The species selection included a palette of different colours and textures. Some plants are designed to spill over planter boxes, others designed to climb up cables – together creating a living green screen for residents looking out from their apartments and a sense of greenery to all facades of the buildings.

The process involved rigorous research on micro-climate, growing media, irrigation & fertigation requirements, species selection and ongoing maintenance for the facade planting. The result has been the successful achievement of the intended design outcome in the face of significant environmental, technical and logistical challenges.

Team – ASPECT | OCULUS, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, PTW Architects, Patrick Blanc, Turf Design, SESL, Hydroplan, Andreasens Green.

Awards - 2015 Good Design Award – Architectural Design; Urban Design and Public Spaces 2015 MIPIM Awards – Best Innovative Green Building (Awarded to Ateliers Jean Nouvel & PTW); 2014 WAN Landscape Award – Finalist; 2014 AILA NSW Awards – Design; 2014 CTBUH Best Tall Building Award – Best Tall Building Worldwide (Awarded to Ateliers Jean Nouvel); 2014 International Green Infrastructure Award (Awarded to Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia); 2014 Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) Awards – Sustainability Award, Overall Award (Awarded to PTW Architects + Atelier Jean Nouvel); 2014 Sydney Design Awards – Landscape Design Winner; 2014 NSW Architecture Awards – Residential Architecture, Multiple Housing (Awarded to PTW Architects + Atelier Jean Nouvel); 2014 CTBUH Best Tall Building Award for the Asia & Australasia Region (Awarded to Ateliers Jean Nouvel)

Image Credit: Photographer Simon Wood