Located by the river in the heart of downtown, the building designed by Hassell responds to the local environment by reducing its energy profile. It uses the river to help cool the interior, incorporates a green roof that maintains habitat and reduces its cooling load via shading devices. Productivity gains are also expected to directly result from the building design.
The 82,000 square meter interior has received a 6 Green Star rating for its innovative design. It’s focused around a huge central ‘common’ that creates a campus-like atmosphere to encourage more human interaction. The daylit space has multiple levels for employees to relax or meet in a casual but sophisticated environment. The building’s reused timber façade and relatively low profile are welcome design approaches that have netted the project multiple architectural awards.
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The impressive technology core for maintaining the building’s indoor climate is a tri-phase cooling system that can use water recycled from its waste stream or from the river. The waste heat from the on-site gas electric generators is also harvested to run the absorption chiller. The gas generators replace coal electricity from the grid.
It may sound complicated but the project a brilliant fusion of different technologies that takes advantage of resources and energy that would otherwise be wasted. The cooled air is distributed by an efficient under-floor air displacement system. Power also comes from a 1000 square meter rooftop solar array and six VAWT rooftop wind generators.