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NewActon Apartments Aim to Be the Greenest in Australia

Posted By Jorge Chapa On February 8, 2010 @ 3:48 pm In Architecture | 3 Comments

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NewActon Nishi [1] is a new apartment complex in the middle of Canberra that is aiming to be Australia’s greenest residential development [2]. But don’t go thinking that this will be a boring ‘green building’. NewActon Nishi will feature a sexy minimalist aesthetic in addition to some exciting eco-conscious features.

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NewActon Nishi is currently being developed by the Molonglo Group [3] and was designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects [4] in association with Suppose Design Office [5], Oculus [6], and Arup [7]. When it is completed it will be the third in a series of buildings that form part of the very green NewActon Precinct.

The project is a mixed-use development with 280 units and 20,000 square meters in office space, as well as galleries, shops, cafes and, wait for it, wait for it – a sake bar! The building will be a showcase of sustainability and is attempting to achieve an 8.6 NatHERS rating [8] out of 10 (trust me, this is hard), relying heavily on passive design [9]. As part of their sustainability goals, they plan to involve artists, craftspeople and designers in creating the look and feel of an ‘├╝ber-cool’ village.

+ NewActon Nishi [10]


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URLs in this post:

[1] NewActon Nishi: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/08/newacton-apartments-aim-to-be-the-greenest-in-australia/newactonnishi/

[2] greenest residential development: http://www.realestate.com.au/doc/Resources/News/development-breaks-boundaries.htm

[3] Molonglo Group: http://www.molonglogroup.com.au/

[4] Fender Katsalidis Architects: http://fkaustralia.com/

[5] Suppose Design Office: http://www.suppose.jp/index_e.html

[6] Oculus: http://www.oculus.com.au/

[7] Arup: http://www.arup.com

[8] NatHERS rating: http://www.nathers.gov.au/

[9] passive design: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/15/passive-houses-in-germany/

[10] + NewActon Nishi: http://newactonnishi.com.au/about/#newacton-nishi

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