Worlds tallest hybrid timber building proposed for Sydney

July 15, 2020 by  
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Australian software company Atlassian has tapped New York-based architecture firm SHoP Architects and Australian practice BVN to design its new Sydney headquarters — an approximately 40-story skyscraper that is expected to become the world’s tallest hybrid timber building once complete in 2025. Proposed for the emerging tech precinct at the city’s Central Station, the new Atlassian headquarters will target 100% renewable energy operations as well as 50% less embodied carbon in construction and 50% less energy consumption as compared to conventional buildings. These impressive targets will be made possible through the building’s use of mass timber construction that helps to substantially reduce a building’s carbon footprint. <img src="//inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/07/Atlassian-headquarters-SHoP-architects-and-BVN-1-889×592.jpg" alt="aerial rendering of 40-story tower with green roof" class="wp-image-2274967" Atlassian’s new headquarters will serve as a high-performance landmark and first anchor property for Central Station, an area that the NSW government plans to regenerate as a new tech precinct. The new Atlassian building is expected to generate 2,500 additional jobs — the tower will house 4,000 Atlassian staff — and add almost $1 billion annually to the Australian economy. The sustainable building will also move the needle forward on the company’s goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Related: Canada’s first net-zero carbon, mass-timber college building to rise in Toronto <img src="//inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/07/Atlassian-headquarters-SHoP-architects-and-BVN-6-889×667.jpg" alt="rendering of tall timber tower with slatted exterior" class="wp-image-2274973" <img src="//inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/07/Atlassian-headquarters-SHoP-architects-and-BVN-7-889×592.jpg" alt="rendering of indoor garden full of plants" class="wp-image-2274974" The hybrid building, which will rise to an approximate height of 590 feet, will combine mass timber construction with a steel exoskeleton as well as solar panels built into the transparent facade. The electricity-generating facade system will include self-shading capabilities to reduce unwanted solar heat gain. An abundance of natural light and cross ventilation will also help reduce energy use. <img src="//inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/07/Atlassian-headquarters-SHoP-architects-and-BVN-2-889×592.jpg" alt="rendering of transparent facade revealing floors of offices filled with plants" class="wp-image-2274968" <img src="//inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/07/Atlassian-headquarters-SHoP-architects-and-BVN-5-889×667.jpg" alt="rendering of 40-story tower lit from within at night" class="wp-image-2274972" User comfort will be enhanced not only with the use of timber, which provides a sense of warmth throughout, but also through the integration of park spaces. Staggered outdoor gardens provide protected spaces designed for year-round comfort. Level 1 communal activities will be located at the first of the elevated parks of the tower. + Atlassian + SHoP Architects + BVN Architects Images by SHoP/BVN Architects

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New metro stations extend sustainable, site-sensitive transit in Denmark

July 10, 2020 by  
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Copenhagen-based architecture firm Cobe teamed up with Arup on the recently completed Orientkaj and Nordhavn — two new metro stations that connect Copenhagen’s northern docklands with the city center. Developed as part of one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Northern Europe, the metro stations aim to revitalize the post-industrial area with a passenger-focused design and appearance reflective of the urban areas they serve. The two metro stations are expected to serve 9,000 daily users by 2025. Recently opened in March 2020, the two metro stations connect Copenhagen Central Station to Nordhavn in just 4 minutes. Each metro station was designed with site-specific characteristics. The overground Orientkaj station takes inspiration from a shipping container as a nod to the Brutalist and large-scale dockland buildings with boxy construction built of glass, concrete and aluminum. Large spans of glazing frame views of the area across Øresund into Sweden. Set above the Orientkaj dock and clad in reflective anodized aluminum cladding, the station was created as an eye-catching local landmark and a prototype for future overground stations in Nordhavn, a new city district designed by Cobe that will eventually encompass over 1,500,000 square meters of sustainable, mixed-use development. Related: COBE unveils images of LEED Gold-targeted Adidas HQ in Germany In contrast, the underground Nordhavn station is defined by folded, origami-like ceramic panels and an interior clad in red tiles characteristic of Cityringen’s interchange stations for design consistency. Both the overground Orientkaj station and the underground Nordhavn station emphasize passenger comfort with clear wayfinding elements and an abundance of lighting to provide comfort and safety. “Nordhavn is a city of sustainable mobility , where it is easier to walk, bike or use public transport, than it is to drive your own car,” said Dan Stubbergaard, architect and founder of Cobe. “The two metro stations unlock the potential of this new Copenhagen city district, enabling more efficient and sustainable transport between the individual neighborhoods, and to the rest of Copenhagen, while adding a new chapter to the story of the Copenhagen harbor front.” + Cobe + Arup Images via Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST / COBE

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Stockholm Train Station Harvests Passengers’ Body Heat

January 14, 2011 by  
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Sweden’s largest train station, Stockholm’s Central Station, has begun harvesting the body heat of the 250,000 passengers who pass through everyday. The station captures the excess heat from the commuters with heat exhangers in the station’s ventilation system that transfer it to water-filled pipes.  Those pipes send the hot water over to a building across the street, which uses it for heating.  The heat harvesting has slashed electricity bills for the office block by 25 percent. The real estate company Jernhusen, the owner of Central Station and the office block across the road, came up with the idea and created the system for the buildings when it realized that all the activity by hundreds of thousands of people was energy being lost through ventilation.  Now, with the success of the system, it’s hoping the idea will make its way into other buildings.

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