Big things are happening in Sydney. First Earth Hour, which began in Sydney, went global last month. Then, the city unveiled its brand new 2030 vision, which outlines the steps that the city will take to reduce its emissions by 60%. And now, a new project planned for the outskirts of the city will become the most sustainable development in Australia. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the new 5.8 hectare (14+ acre) development – a mix of commercial, retail, and residential space – will have contributions from none other than Pritzker Prize winners Foster + Partners and Ateliers Jean Nouvel!
The new development will be located in the old Kent Brewery, just a couple of minutes away from the City’s Central Station. The 250,000 square meter development, managed by Frasers Property, will contain a number of architect designed buildings, a new urban park, and the retention and reuse of over 32 heritage items currently existing on site (some of which you can see in the drawings below.)
The project is a milestone for Sydney, and it is the first project in Australia for recent Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel. It will be the most sustainable in the country and involve the installation of a gas-powered, co-generation electricity plant and a waste-water recycling plant. Both Foster + Partners and AJN will each design one of the iconic buildings in the site. The team is not all international though, a number of Australian firms, such as Johnson Pilton Walker, Tzannes Associates, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Turf Design, are also involved in the project.
The goal of the project is to achieve carbon neutrality. To do so, the intention is to achieve and explore every design method and technology that they can get their hands on from design efficiency, to the addition of green rooftops, smart metering and solar powered lighting in public spaces. Furthermore the project is intended to integrate with Sydney’s vision of the future by becoming one of the city’s “Green Transformers” – the project will be one of a number of energy generating and water recycling sites that will provide these services to their own developments and the areas nearby.
Australia’s major cities have always had a healthy rivalry with regards to who is best. Sydney just threw the gauntlet, so we look forward to seeing what’s next.