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The Madness of Green Square

15 Dec

I took a walk around Green Square the other day- I was shocked by the freaky Millennial Moderne multi-res going up there.
In 20 years time this area will be known as a museum of kitsch.
Like it or not it has some interesting forms going on (especially if you like pointy corners….).

BTW- I believe that I may have got some of the architects wrong here- please let me know if this is the case.

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JAAY01 Divercity, Waterloo. (Turner)

JAAY02 Emerald Park, Zetland. (Stanisic)

JAAY03 Viking Apartments, Waterloo.

JAAY04 Apex apartments, Zetland. (Turner)

JAAY05 Meriton VSQ North, Zetland.

JAAY08 CityWest, Zetland. (Prescott Architects)

JAAY10 Coda, Rosebery (Stanisic)

JAAY11 Mondrian, Waterloo (Stanisic)

JAAY14 Arc, Zetland (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer)

JAAY15 a2, Rosebery (SJB)

JAAY16 Warehouse5, Waterloo (Crone Nation)

JAAY18 Garland Stella, Zetland. (Tzannes)


JAAY29 Form, Zetland (Turner)

JAAY30 ESP, Zetland (Turner)

JAAY34 ARTISE, Rosebery (Turner)

JAAY37 Danks Street towers, Crown Square, Waterloo.


Broadway's role in city life on the rise

5 Dec

Kelsey Munro, Jen Rosenberg SMH December 3, 2011

The price of good design

IN A few years, an unloved and unlovely part of the city will have been transformed into ”a gallery of eminent architects”, with new buildings by three Pritzker Prize winners, a 6400-square-metre park and a power station.

Investments totalling $1.5 billion from the University of Technology, Sydney, along with the joint venture developing the former Carlton&United Breweries site near Central Station, are set to reshape the southern end of the city centre.

On Broadway’s south side, a 33-storey residential tower shrouded in elaborate vertical gardens is rising around a new landscaped park, remnant brewery buildings and a planned tri-generation power station to supply the new complex.

Terraced gardens at One Central Park. Artist’s impression.

A cantilevered heliostat at the top of the building will direct light into the complex and become a digital artwork at night.

One Central Park

One Central Park, Sydney. Artist’s impression.

”There’s no doubt it’s going to be a stunning transformation over the next five years,” Guy Pahor, of Frasers Property, said.

Frasers is developing the One Central Park site in a joint venture with Sekisui House. ”Broadway’s going to be transformed, not just by the nature and volume of the construction, but the quality – call it a gallery of eminent architects,” he said.

With Gehry, there are Jean Nouvel, Richard Johnson, Norman Foster and vertical-garden pioneer Patrick Blanc in the internationals.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers with the heliostat illuminated at night time. Central Park. Artist’s impression.

Australian firms include Tzannes Associates, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Denton Corker Marshall and Durbach Block Jaggers.

Gehry, Nouvel and Foster have won the Pritzker, architecture’s highest honour.

When the first stage of One Central Park is finished in late 2013, there will be about 1900 new apartments for 2500 residents and space for 5400 workers in offices and a four-storey mall.

Richard Johnson buildings, Cental Park. Artist’s impression.

The developer has worked to sway objectors angry at the height of the towers, holding several community forums, investing in a public art program and allowing local artists to work rent-free in heritage warehouses on the site.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers, Central Park. Artist’s impression.


For UTS, the development was as much about creating an education hub for the whole area as it was expanding its footprint, the vice-chancellor, Ross Milbourne, said.

”The exciting thing about this project is that it takes an area that has been quite rundown – it’s always been the poor cousin to the rest of Sydney – and it’s really reinventing itself to be a cultural and educational precinct.”

Across the road, the base of the 27-storey brutalist concrete UTS tower will be wrapped in an undulating glass facade, and construction starts in March on a new 14-storey faculty building dramatically sheathed in angular aluminium on the corner of Broadway and Jones Street.

Off Harris Street, the university is also building Australia’s first Frank Gehry building, with its distinctive crumpled facade and treehouse-like skeleton, which caused much controversy when plans were unveiled late last year.

UTS’s Dr Chau Chak Wing building, designed by Frank Gehry, his first Australian project. The 16,030-square-meter (172,545-square-foot) business school building at the University of Technology, Sydney, will have a “treehouse” design, incorporating a core yellow brick and crinkly glass structure, with “branches” spreading away from it, Gehry says.

Significantly, the site engages with the adjacent abandoned railway line and bridge and will feed into the pedestrian zone further up.


Professor Milbourne said the university had planned its growth to benefit students and the neighbourhood. ”We have a plan for student growth on our campus but part of it is to make it a better student experience, so more space for students … increasing student housing around this area and making it a safer environment,” he said.

The Broadway redesign links two other big redevelopments – Darling Harbour and Barangaroo – but has managed much of the latter’s controversy.

Professor Milbourne and the UTS deputy vice-chancellor (resources), Patrick Woods, attribute that to strong collaboration with the neighbours. These include the ABC, the Powerhouse Museum and TAFE.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers, Central Park. Artist’s impression.

David Riordan, director of TAFE NSW-Sydney Institute, said the relationship between the two institutions was very positive.

”This is going to be the hub of education in Australia and we believe that we’re here to meet those needs and that we’ll be a key player,” Mr Riordan said.

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Central Park – Sydney's new $2 billion urban village

26 Mar

Central Park is set to become an icon of 21st Century living, helping Sydney stake a claim as one of the world’s great urban destinations. Spectacularly located at the edge of the CBD, Central Park is a $2 billion village with a beautiful, spacious park at its heart.

With 11 buildings, 1,600 apartments and a lively collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, laneways, terraces and offices, Central Park transforms the old Kent Brewery in Chippendale into an intelligent interplay of buildings and public spaces, and raises the benchmark for sustainable living globally.

As Australian artist Lloyd Rees once said, “A city is the greatest work of art possible”. This has never been truer than at Central Park, which enlarges our sense of what’s possible – now and in the future.


Great architecture isn’t created in a silo. Great architecture is collaborative. So when Frasers Property acquired the Carlton United Breweries site from Foster’s in 2007, it invited a ‘dream team’ of world-leading architects to create a vision that would match its vast potential.

The design brief for each architect was simply to create iconic architecture of the highest sustainable standards, with people at their heart. This brief was spearheaded by Dr Stanley Quek, CEO at Frasers Property, who felt it was important to devote one-third of the 5.8 hectare site to public, open spaces.

The masterplan therefore revolves around a spacious urban park, which covers 6,400 square meters in size. This, together with an intricate web of roads and pathways, draws people into the heart of Central Park and delivers its character and soul. It also returns the old Kent Brewery to the people of Sydney after 150 years of exclusion.

Sustainable design features include solar panels, rooftop gardens, tri-generation pipes and water tanks, which are cleverly adapted into each corner of the site.

“To have the voice of the engineer, community and architect working together to create one vision – this is the way contemporary architecture is made,” says Alex Tzannes, Director of Tzannes Associates, who played a key role in shaping the original masterplan.

“The masterplan is the unifying element that dictates the overall design, resulting in buildings that are memorable and distinctive, and enjoy a more special relationship with the people who inhabit them,” says Tzannes.

The masterplan has been through several incarnations, and is now being implemented by UK architects Foster + Partners. Even the slope of the site has been carefully considered, with buildings declining in height from the city towards residential Chippendale.


The very first stage of Central Park will set the scene for what is to come: two iconic residential towers rising above a retail centre, connected by terraced gardens to the main park beyond. World-class architecture, richly veiled in living green walls, this first residential stage will encapsulate all that Central Park has to offer: bold, beautiful and globally significant new directions for 21st century living.

Designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, Central Park’s first residential buildings remind us that nature can thrive in the city. Its façade is the canvas for a breathtaking ‘vertical garden’ by French artist Patrick Blanc, which delivers a flower to each resident, and a bouquet to the city.

This first residential stage will be released in Winter 2010, with future stages – by Johnson Pilton Walker and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, amoung others – to come. To register your interest and ensure you are amoung the first to view Central Park,


Award-winning London architects Foster + Partners are the designers behind Central Park’s first iconic commercial building, which will be released for sale soon. Offering 90,000 square metres of prime office and retail space in Sydney’s newest urban quarter, Foster + Partners’ commercial building is conveniently on the southern cusp of the CBD.


Eat, drink, shop, explore and play… Central Park is a mixed-used precinct that delivers an eclectic collection of shops, fashion boutiques, galleries, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, fitness clubs and wine bars.

Central Park will soon unveil its dynamic retail precinct, which includes a five-story shopping mall at One Central Park; a laneway devoted to shops, markets, cafes and bars on historic Kensington Street; and a vast retail venue inside the old Kent Brewery building.


Within Central Park, on Kensington Street, Sydney architects Tonkin Zulaikher Greer have created a new destination for cafes, galleries, weekend markets and organic food co-operatives. Central Park’s spacious green parks and gardens also provide a tranquil haven for the entire city to enjoy.

Colliers unveils Central Park shopping centre with a twist
09 Mar 2011…e-with-a-twist

Frasers Property Australia and Colliers International have launched “Central”, the first retail offering at the $2 billion Central Park development in downtown Sydney.

Central comprises 16,000sqm of retail over five levels, situated within the podium of the One Central Park residential towers on Broadway, with towers designed by globally-acclaimed French architect Jean Nouvel and retail spaces conceptualised by The Buchan Group.

The new development will aim to provide shoppers with a blend of gourmet groceries and streetwise fashion, along with future-focused electronics retail, entertainment and dining, and urban wellbeing. However, according to Colliers International national director of retail, Nathan Clark, the precinct will veer away from the conventional large shopping centre format, and instead target the youth market and aim to fill a perceived niche.

“Central will have a youth focus, be fashion-forward and offer 18-hour trading and Sydney’s southern CBD does not have a retail offering of this calibre despite demonstrable demand,” he said.

“Central’s contemporary design, feature elements, interactive interiors and retail outlets will ensure a stand-out precinct that will really contribute to the urban village of Central Park.”

Clark has also seen significant interest from national retailers keen to cash in on the new development.

“Major Australian retailers are attracted to developers like Frasers who are providing shopping and entertainment destinations that increase foot traffic,” he said.

“[Because] these highly directional retail environments allow retailers to develop innovation within their brands, increase existing customer bases and push up moving annual turnovers.”

Central is expected to officially open to shoppers in April 2013.


Sydney’s Central Park development under construction…-construction/

A NEW development for central Sydney will bring a much needed international flavour to the southern CBD reminiscent of global cities such as Tokyo and New York.

Made up of 16,000 m2 of retail space over five levels, the development will sit within the podium of the Jean Nouvel designed One Central Park residential towers on Broadway and will be youth focused, at the fashion forefront and offer eighteen hour trading.

The lower ground level will be home to a major supermarket and specialty fresh food. The ground and first floors will have the latest local and international fashion outlets as well as technology stores. Above this will be two stories offering a mix of global cuisine while on the top level there will be a health and fitness facility.

Contemporary design and character-filled retail outlets will ensure the development contributes to the urban village style of Central Park when the complex opens in April 2013.


Now you can shop without a trolley…-1226018668905

IT will have karaoke bars, a swimming pool, market grocers – and not a shopping trolley or a carpark in sight.

This is the future of Sydney shopping centres.

A new five-storey shopping centre will be built by 2013 at the old Carlton United Brewery site on Broadway, with developers yesterday revealing every retailer, design and fit-out would be aimed at the youth market.

Mumsy mid-range designers will be ditched for cutting-edge fashions rising from Tokyo and New York.

Hardware stores and banks will be sacrificed for technology and electronics retailers and the fit-out will be anything but beige, with a graffiti wall instead.

Colliers International director of retail Hilton Hedley believed the centre would be a world-first, catering to the demands of downtown Sydney. “It’s an 18 to 35-year-old’s dream,” he said.

It will offer 20-hour trading, seven days a week, staying open from 7am to 3am and boasting restaurant dining, cocktails and even karaoke bars in its entertainment wing.

The whole fourth level will be an “Urban Wellbeing” health club, with a day spa, saunas and a 25m outdoor heated swimming pool on the fifth floor.

The centre, part of the $2 billion Central Park development, will be based on Singapore’s ultra-modern shopping centres.

Mr Hedley said the lower ground floor would feature a major supermarket and a fresh food market grocer, butcher and a baker to service the 8000 residents in the development’s apartments.

But there will be no fast-food court, rather about 20 Asian-inspired kiosks cooking fresh late into the night.

“There are 105,000 students at its doorstep,” Mr Hedley said. “They are smart and tech savvy. We want it to be lively and reflect that.”

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

21 Nov

I visited the Paddington Reservoir Gardens yesterday and was very impressed.  It’s the closest thing Sydney has to a Roman ruin. It also blocks out the noise from Oxford Street well- a real urban oasis.

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Listed as a site of State heritage significance, Paddington Reservoir was originally constructed in two stages, in 1866 and 1878, with water chambers below street level. A grassed park above was opened in the 1930s. Decommissioned in 1899, the site was used as a workshop and garage until 1990 when roof collapses forced its closure.

The concept for Paddington Reservoir Gardens was embodied in the existing artefact. An accessible sunken garden and pond, surrounded by a raised pre-cast concrete boardwalk, have been inserted within the conserved ruin of the Western Chamber. The edges of the ruin are contained by concrete that amplifies the distinctive curves of the original brick vaults. The gated Eastern Chamber has been conserved as a multi-purpose community space. The stabilised brickwork and reconstructed hardwood columns form the base for the new landscaped park above.

Two lightweight roofs float above the Reservoir, signalling the main entry points.

A restricted palette of three materials – steel, aluminium and concrete – was chosen as contemporary partners for the historic brick, cast iron and timber. Their raw expression is softened by generous planting and water below with sweeping lawns above. The walkways and gardens invite exploration of this unique urban ruin.

Text by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with JMD Design and City of Sydney

The site back in simpler times (probably the 1970’s).