Patrick Blanc, the inventor of the vertical garden, and French architect and Pritzker laureate Jean Nouvel have teamed up to create a "living, breathing Eden" in One Central Park, Sydney's newest residential tower. A symbiotic combination of landscape and building, the revolutionary design is poised to redefine the Sydney skyline. Leafy foliage and vines will crawl up the 166-meter facade to create what is expected to be the world's tallest living wall upon the project's completion in January 2014.
The design of One Central Park combines green space with the built environment by using the lush green tapestry of plants and terraced gardens as physical extensions of the surrounding 6,400 square-meter Central Park. Blanc’s living wall consists of 190 native Australian and 160 exotic plant species and it will cover 50% of the building facade. According to Blanc, the design of the living wall seeks to replicate a natural cliff side and look as if one cut “a giant slice out of the Blue Mountains and put it in the middle of the city.”
One Central Park will consist of two residential towers that house 624 apartments. A hovering cantilever will contain the tower’s 38 luxury penthouses as well as a heliostat of motorized mirrors that capture and direct sunlight down onto the surrounding gardens. At night, the cantilever will be transformed into a shimmering LED art installation created by light artist Yann Kersalé.