One Central Park. Image: Murray Fredericks

Sustainable design, and in particular an innovative green wall system, has seen Frasers Property and Sekisui House’s One Central Park in Sydney take out the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Best Tall Building Worldwide award.

“Seeing this project for the first time stopped me dead,” said Antony Wood, juror and CTBUH executive director. “There have been major advances in the incorporation of greenery in high-rise buildings over the past few years – but nothing on the scale of this building has been attempted or achieved. One Central Park strongly points the way forward, not only for an essential naturalisation of our built environment, but for a new aesthetic for our cities – an aesthetic entirely appropriate to the environmental challenges of our age.”

“This project was about the visibility of sustainable design,” said Bertram Beissel, partner at Ateliers Jean Nouvel, the architecture firm behind the building.

“If we do all these sustainable things and no one can see them, do they really exist? The choices we make for a sustainable future cannot be made in the future. They must be made today.”

One Central Park. Image: Murray Fredericks

Michael Goldrick, project management director at Frasers Property, said that every member of the team working on One Central Park challenged the developer to deliver something “out of the box”.

“The Ateliers Jean Nouvel team put together challenges we never really envisioned,” he said. “It really drove us to deliver what I think for Sydney and Australia is a really iconic building.”