Archive | January, 2011

Inmark Tower- Mighty wind turbine rises over George Street

20 Jan

The wind turbine has been installed on top of the George Street (Haymarket precinct, near China Town) Inmark Tower.
It is Sydney’s first wind turbine – in ideal situations it will contribute to the power for the base build common areas (corridors / lobbies+stair lighting, etc).

The design initially proposed a bank of three wind turbines.
The 35 storey residential tower (retail base) had the initial concept design done by  Project Architecture with the further design done by PTW Architects.
The project, due for completion in March 2011, consists of two separate residential towers, with 3 levels of commercial and retail space and a landscaped garden for communal use on level 19 of the high-rise.

Project Data

Project Name:

710 George Street,
Sydney, NSW

Project Type:
217 High Rise Apartments
with Retail and Commercial


The site in the past was a pottery kiln, the Woolpack Inn (c. 1830-1890) and Mick Simmons sports goods (1970s-80s).


Brisbane Floods- History forgotten in rush to riverfront luxury

18 Jan

IN the rejuvenation of Brisbane as the River City, boasting expensive homes and apartments along the waterfront, buyers of the relatively new and luxurious apartments of Tennyson Reach enjoyed the best of both worlds.

On one side, the Brisbane River; on the other the new home of tennis in Queensland.

The development, by ASX-listed company Mirvac, also boasts history: it is on the site of the old Tennyson power station, a huge sprawling complex that was pulled down to make way for millionaires’ row. In Brisbane’s 1974 floods, the water that inundated the power station was a powerful reminder of the vulnerability of the city and its leafy near-river suburbs to heavy and sustained rainfall.

But, with the passage of time, as developers moved in and the beautification and rebranding of Brisbane gathered momentum, the images of water flooding around the power station were forgotten or discarded. Residents believed their insurance policy was Wivenhoe Dam, commissioned a quarter of a century ago to mitigate against a future large flood. Yesterday, as the smell in the luxury dwellings at Tennyson Reach, home to tennis greats including Ashley Cooper, rose with the temperature and humidity, owners wondered how the planning controls that were meant to regulate development could have gone so wrong.

Several said they were assured before buying that the ground level would not flood unless the Brisbane River reached a mark of 8.4m, well above the 4.46m at which it peaked last Thursday after a massive discharge of 645,000 megalitres from Wivenhoe Dam on Tuesday. Between cleaning up and moving out yesterday, several owners said they needed explanations from Mirvac and the council about their true flood immunity and whether the development, completed less than two years ago, should have been approved, given its history of inundation.

The flooding at Tennyson Reach is one small part of a major problem for Brisbane City Council and the Queensland government, as the losses of owners, the liability of developers, and the policies of governments combine in a perfect storm of recrimination and confusion. The residential precinct went through all the council’s usual approvals process after the Beattie government sought tenders to make something glorious from the site of the abandoned and obsolete power station.

Apartment owner Chrissie Buchanan, who bought in June 2009 with her husband, Sam, who is a quadriplegic, has had damaged floors, walls and cabinets. She said she was fortunate to have insurance and was in a lot better position than many in Brisbane. ‘‘The things that have been damaged are easily replaced,’’ Ms Buchanan said. ‘‘There are people who have lost their businesses and houses. I feel for people who are a lot worse off than ourselves.’’ She said flooding risk was ‘‘not an issue’’ that was canvassed when she and her husband bought the property. ‘‘You never believe it’s going to happen to you,’’ she said.

Keith George, who paid $2.25 million for his ground-floor apartment 18 months ago, said he had waist-level water throughout his property. As a result, he will have to rip up floors and carpets, rebuild walls, and most of the apartment’s cabinets will have to be replaced. ‘‘I’m going to have to spend at least $100,000 to replace the cabinetry,’’ he said. ‘‘We won’t be back in here for months.’’ Mr George said the flood risk never came up when he was buying the property, partly because City Hall had approved the development. ‘‘And I always believed the Wivenhoe would not let the Brisbane River come up,’’ he said. Another resident, Julie Savage, said most people living in the complex were not too concerned on Tuesday night when other parts of the city started to evacuate their homes. ‘‘I got the impression everyone was relaxed because it could withstand a flood of 8.4m, so it would all be fine,’’ she said. It is not only residents on the ground floor who are affected, with those on the many levels above unable to return home because there is no power and no lifts working. ‘‘They were saying 12 weeks until they can return, but it might be eight,’’ Mr George said.

Chris Freeman, the former Queensland chief executive of Mirvac, also bought into Tennyson Reach, but higher than the flood level. Mirvac Development Queensland chief executive Matthew Wallace, who inspected the development yesterday, said the priority was to work with the body corporate to get the buildings reinstated, and ‘‘get peoples’ lives and properties back together’’.

The flooding hit the apartments 12 hours before the peak in Brisbane of 4.46m. It is believed the body corporate does not have flood insurance. Several owners who bought their apartments before the global financial crisis had looked for loopholes to litigate a way out of their contracts before settlement, but failed after filing actions in the District Court. The irony is that being misled over the level of their flood immunity might have provided a perfect exit.

After successfully defending itself against some residents’ claims that it misrepresented the quality of the river views, as well as a host of technical legal arguments surrounding the contract documents, Mirvac said the original buyers had to meet, in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars in default interest and associated costs. The development’s proximity to the city — 8km from the Brisbane CBD and a half-volley from championship tennis courts — was a large part of its appeal, along with the usual prestige trappings of gymnasium, swimming pool, walking and cycle tracks, barbecue areas, parklands and landscaped gardens.

Source- Australian, January 18th. 2011.

Alfred Tennyson’s Crossing the bar

SUNSET and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

8 Chifley Square- richard rogers classic industrial.

3 Jan

8 Chifley Square will be a premium grade commercial building on a landmark Sydney CBD site. It will stand a height of 30 storeys, with an approximate net lettable area of 19,000 square metres.

As the focal point of Chifley Square, the new tower will be a striking, premium grade office building with highly articulated and expressive architecture. Its distinctive design, adaptable workspaces, green credentials, public space and site-specific features deliver an interactive and cutting-edge workplace for the future.

A five storey void at the street level of the building will offer a grand entrance and add extensive public space to the already appealing Chifley Square precinct.

Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Lippmann Associates in association with Mirvac Design



HEIGHT-roof-120m, core-141m, exhaust stacks-146m
number of floors-30, 21 actual office floors.
1 basement

#high performance glazing to control sun,heat,glare in workspace.
#facade-transparent double glazed with aluminuim sun lourves.
#25m high open foyer
# mid level & rooftop cafe areas for workers and public.
#external coloured steel support beams and exposed stairwells.
#6 star energy rated
#chilled beam co-generation & black water treatment plants.
#column free -1000sqm floors with rear service core

150m high ‘pomidou centre”


“…chifley makes an unparalleled contribution to the public realm, the idea of a dynamic and social workplace and the sustainability of the planet, without doubt the “next wave” of commercial buildings for our city…”

This new commercial high-rise project was commissioned by Mirvac Projects after Lippmann Partnership (in consultation with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners) won a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition. The building accommodates 23,000 sq metres of premium grade office space at a prime location within the Sydney CBD.

The concept achieves three main objectives

1. an extension of the existing Chifley Square ground plane as public open space 

2. provision of an office “village” environment where varying floor plates allow 3 storey voids, offereing unique workspaces and flexibility within a commercial tower; and

3. achievement of a 6-star AGBR rating with photovoltaic sunshades, external sunscreens, blackwater treatment and co-generation plant resukting in a reduced carbon footprint of 70% for a building of this size.

After a 2 year delay duruing the global financial crisis, the project is nowe on site with expected completion date of 2013.


Happy New Year Sydney Style

1 Jan

Sydney greets 2011 with firework heaven
2011-01-01 02:30:00

Sydney, Jan 1 (DPA) The thousands who camped overnight on Sydney’s foreshore to bag the best places to watch the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks display declared their vigil well worth it.

‘This has got to be the best place in the world to be tonight,’ said Sydney resident Marc Wilson, one of an estimated 1.5 million who stayed up for what organizers said was the greatest firework show on earth.

Seven tonnes of pyrotechnics went up in blazes of colourful smoke on and around the Harbour Bridge.

The weather was warm and the skies clear for what firework fans said was the best show since the close of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

More than 6,000 had queued for 24 hours to be at the water’s edge when the clock ticked to a new day and a new year.

Taiwanese student Chen Wei Ting, who had waited since Thursday, was first through the gates of the Botanic Gardens to stake his claim to a prime position beside the Opera House.

‘As a foreign student, we think the Australian New Year is very fascinating,’ Chen said.

People around the globe think so too, with a television audience of over one billion expected to tune in for the for the $5-million show.

‘We’re probably the envy of most fireworks people around the world,’ said Fortunato Foti, who is directing a display he said took eight months to prepare and which featured new tricks.

Rather than the customary curtain of golden fire streaming from the bridge, this year Foti managed a chessboard of red and white tumbling lights.

Police warned revelers of alcohol-free zones and that the drunk and disorderly would be in court on the first day of 2011.


Pics- SMH