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Canberra leading the way in green design

By toriness - 15 February 2010 28

Check this out for cutting edge urban design, a super-duper green development planned for our fair city which is aiming to be the pinnacle of green sustainable living in Australia. And how funky and futuristic does it look!! Very Pandora like even 🙂

NewActon Nishi is currently being developed by the Molonglo Group and was designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects in association with Suppose Design Office, Oculus, and Arup. When it is completed it will be the third in a series of buildings that form part of the very green NewActon Precinct.

The project is a mixed-use development with 280 units and 20,000 square meters in office space, as well as galleries, shops, cafes and, wait for it, wait for it – a sake bar! The building will be a showcase of sustainability and is attempting to achieve an 8.6 NatHERS rating out of 10 (trust me, this is hard), relying heavily on passive design. As part of their sustainability goals, they plan to involve artists, craftspeople and designers in creating the look and feel of an ‘über-cool’ village.

I wonder how much places in it are going to set one back?

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra leading the way in green design
Mothy 2:40 pm 16 Feb 10

What utter crap. The amount of greenery along the roadside had me confused for a while before I realised where this was;

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That’s the otehr side of the Diamant Hotel from the current New Acton buildings.

Isn’t it great that we’re going to have this Heritage listed building surrounded by such monoliths?? Hurrah for progress!

Grail 11:16 am 16 Feb 10

It’s amazing how green and healthy the plants in architectural design drawings can be. How much water are they budgeting for maintenance of the greenery? Where’s that water coming from?

How are they expecting that this ugly building is going to fit in with the next door neighbours?

Ugly! Not in my back yard.

LMR 10:55 am 16 Feb 10

Yuck, it looks like a cross between a communist era block of flats and an aztec ruin

captainwhorebags 8:28 am 16 Feb 10

I think this particular building is aesthetically unappealing, particularly for that location and it may work better (with some redesign) over in the Kingston area. That being said, I’m a big fan of “living buildings” with lots of green space internally and externally.

Rooftop gardens have come a long way since the brutalist boom that resulted in Cameron Offices. The central part of Parliament House is essentially covered by a rooftop garden and although they have to make sure it doesn’t dry out, I’ve never heard of leaking being a problem.

Simcity 2000 reference – Launch Arcologies all the way…

imhotep 10:55 pm 15 Feb 10

moneypenny2612 said :

The rooftop garden…..It has the potential to go horribly wrong.

….. the greenery and rooftop maintenance costs turn out to be prohibitive. Which sometimes leaves you with an ugly building underneath.

Yep, while I think the PICTURES of the building look good, I’d like to see it if the greenery is a proper part of the building, not just some unsustainable, tacked-on gloss to give it some ‘green’ cred. (Perhaps I’m being too cynical.)

GardeningGirl 10:12 pm 15 Feb 10

I’m not sure my sarcasm came across in my earlier post . . . Anyhoo, I reckon these comments are spot on.

gospeedygo said – This ‘New Acton Precinct’ reeks of desperation to try and build a ‘hip’, ‘bohemian’ and ‘trendy’ area like a our own ultra-modern St.Kilda by the lake. I emphasise the word try and desperation. This doesn’t just happen because you build it, people make it happen.

moneypenny2612 said – Many of the original design concepts for the now widely loathed “brutalist” architectural style planned for lots of greenery or garden courtyards (including hanging gardens) to off-set all the concrete. A lot of the time, the best intentions are then laid to waste as the greenery and rooftop maintenance costs turn out to be prohibitive. Which sometimes leaves you with an ugly building underneath.

It doesn’t mean it couldn’t work out well but you can’t just “build” a green hip eco community and walk away. There are various elements of which a conducive structure is just a start. And I’m still not sure about the structure. As I said, bit light on for details. Very buzzwordy. Where’s the technical details? Will it really attract and encourage and inspire the people who could turn it into the sort of community it appears to aspire to?

moneypenny2612 8:46 pm 15 Feb 10

The rooftop garden looks a bit freaky. It has the potential to go horribly wrong.

Many of the original design concepts for the now widely loathed “brutalist” architectural style planned for lots of greenery or garden courtyards (including hanging gardens) to off-set all the concrete. A lot of the time, the best intentions are then laid to waste as the greenery and rooftop maintenance costs turn out to be prohibitive. Which sometimes leaves you with an ugly building underneath.

Exhibit A – Cameron Offices Belconnen, which originally had rooftop gardens until the roof leaked.

New Acton Nishi looks like it could go the same way. Otherwise I imagine the body corporate fees will be quite steep.

gospeedygo 4:26 pm 15 Feb 10

What an eyesore! Jesus H Christ, its a building fgs not a tragically hip art installation!

This ‘New Acton Precinct’ reeks of desperation to try and build a ‘hip’, ‘bohemian’ and ‘trendy’ area like a our own ultra-modern St.Kilda by the lake. I emphasise the word try and desperation. This doesn’t just happen because you build it, people make it happen.

At least I’ll know where to avoid the latte’ sippers.

/2cents

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 4:13 pm 15 Feb 10

Looks like crap. Will be noisy. Will be expensive. Probably a nice view (but to the south).

I sure wouldn’t buy it.

Vonbare 1:56 pm 15 Feb 10

I think it’s horrid and isn’t in keeping with the area at all. This is a heritage area, and futuristic designs should compliment and flatter the existing heritage buildings that are next door to it, not detract from and hover over them.

GardeningGirl 12:17 pm 15 Feb 10

A bit light on for actual details, but it’s good to know the development will have “the look and feel of an ‘über-cool’ village”.
“Canberra leading the way in green design”? I’d hardly make that generalisation, especially looking at Gungahlin.

Pommy bastard 11:03 am 15 Feb 10

Please tell me this is a joke. Ugly as sin.

s-s-a 10:23 am 15 Feb 10

The outside of it looks like $hit! Reminiscent of the govvie flats along Northbourne up near the tourist info centre.

Holden Caulfield 10:14 am 15 Feb 10

All that money spent on it and they’re offering up a few measly grand for a logo and corporate id comp, haha.

deye 9:38 am 15 Feb 10

That does look very good.

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