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The Ark named Development of the Year

August 11, 2010

‘A new approach to architectural form’: Rice Daubney’s The Ark wins Development of the Year award.

Rice Daubney’s vast new development in North Sydney, The Ark, has received the 2010 Excellence Award for Development of the Year, presented by the Urban Taskforce of Australia.

The Urban Taskforce, which represents Australia’s property developers, acknowledges developments that meet client requirements, showing consideration for the environment, business and community concerns.

Chris Johnson, Chairman of the Urban Taskforce’s judging panel, said the Ark, “sets a new approach to architectural form, with its dramatic folded shapes that can be seen by people flowing from North Sydney station”.

h2. The Ark: Architecture & ESD

The Ark, a 21-storey commercial tower located in North Sydney’s CBD, was completed earlier this year. Rice Daubney say their landmark building is designed to engage with the surrounding heritage buildings, as well as provide public space through its podium and public forecourt.

The building’s southern façade features a sloping glass ‘wing’, designed to reflect “a sense of lightness, transparency and intrigue”. This glass layer allows the building to comply with council setback regulations while maximising internal floor space.

The angled glass façade sits atop a podium level defined by what the practice calls “a series of vertical, zinc-framed boxes,” designed to mimic the bays of the neighbouring heritage structures. The podium encourages the public to engage with the building, while an ‘art wall’ along Mount Street tells the story of the history of the area and the site, the former Telephone Exchange.

The Ark is also the first high-rise office building to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star V2 rating in New South Wales. Green features include a tri-generation power supply to cut carbon emissions, grey water and stormwater recycling, energy efficient lighting and controls, and maximum use of natural light.

Paul Reidy, Principal and Director of Design at Rice Daubney, explained: “ESD was a critical element of our design and we wanted to go beyond the norm of what is fast-becoming the standard in new office buildings by designing a building that will not only be sustainable in today’s world and perform efficiently, but that is ready to embrace the future sustainably.”

h2. Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Developer Investa also stipulated that the Ark design was created using Building Information Modelling (BIM), making it the first high-rise commercial building in the country to be delivered using a fully integrated BIM system.

“BIM continues to change the way our industry works and collaborates,” explains Reidy. “Virtual construction is the future, and Ark is the first commercial building in Australia where the architects, engineers and design and construct contractors have successfully and truly collaborated through the use of BIM.”

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