One Central Park is one of the world's most influential tall buildings

20 September 2019

Sekisui House Australia and Frasers Property Australia's One Central Park has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years.

The recognition by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) was made in honour of CTBUH’s 50th anniversary this year.

One Central Park joins a prestigious list of buildings around the globe that showcase best practice in tall buildings and represent a significant change in thinking or technique.

The full list is being unveiled ahead of the CTBUH’s 10th World Congress in Chicago next month and will be celebrated at the 50th Anniversary Congress Dinner on October 30.

One Central Park, completed in 2014, comprises two residential towers above a retail podium, incorporating innovative and environmentally ambitious design principles. The result is a visually stunning Sydney landmark – wrapped in thriving vertical gardens – that has played a pivotal role in the transformation of a former brewery site into a thriving residential, entertainment and retail hub.

Mick Caddey, Development Director, Frasers Property Australia, says it is a great honour for One Central Park to be on the list of the world’s most influential tall buildings.

“This recognition solidifies Central Park’s place as a landmark development recognised across the globe as a beacon of what can be achieved with high density yet highly sustainable urban design,” Mr Caddey says.

“Central Park was a bold and ambitious project from the outset and it is very rewarding to have created a building that ranks among one of the world’s most admired. To be among the company of Jin Mao Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid Center in San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers, the 601 Lexington building in New York and others – that’s a truly inspiring achievement.”

This honour adds to a long list of awards and accolades the Central Park precinct has received, the latest of which includes:

  • CTBUH’s Urban Habitat Award – Master Plan Scale Award of Excellence, 2019
  • Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW President’s Award 2019, and
  • Best Urban Design at the Good Design Awards 2019.

One Central Park was designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel (with collaborating architect PTW), with interiors by Smart Design Studio (West Tower) and Koichi Takada Architects (East Tower).

Two defining features of One Central Park are the vast number of plants grown both vertically and horizontally on the two towers – including vertical gardens by Patrick Blanc – and a monumental heliostat,
which captures and redirects sunlight for year-round lighting to otherwise shared areas and also hosts an extraordinary lighting artwork by Yann Kersalé.

“Our focus with Central Park has always been about sustainable mixed-use urban design while also meeting a very real need for high density city apartment living choice,” Mr Caddey says.

The CTBUH’s 50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years list has been compiled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CTBUH. Established in 1969, the CTBUH was founded to embrace and interpret the rapid changes taking place in high-rise building design and engineering. In 2002 it introduced an international annual awards program.

The buildings named on the CBTUH’s 50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years list have been selected by the same process the organisation applies to its awards program, which is through the combined input of the CTBUH Research and Data team, from CTBUH Leaders, and a call to the member constituency at large.

The CTBUH has recognised each tall building on the list for exemplifying a milestone over the last 50 years of a dialogue between iconicity, contextualism, environmental consciousness and structural innovation.

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