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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?

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milkman 7:27 am 30 Sep 11

Catty said :

Have you seen the internal plans? Tiny, no space for anything (some of them only 45 sq m. The bottom would fall out of the retail industry – you can’t fit anything into them. Tiny wardrobes, miniscule kitchens, no room for storage. Great if you don’t like clutter I suppose…

Is that 45 sqm for residental apartments? If so, banks will baulk at lending for such small property. Normally the lower limit is 50sqm of living, but some banks may have changed their policy with a trend toward smaller single bedroom apartments.

GardeningGirl 12:00 am 30 Sep 11

So . . . the greeness of this development lies not in it’s construction but in the fact that the residents will be so short of space that their consumerism will be severely restricted?

Catty 10:56 pm 29 Sep 11

Have you seen the internal plans? Tiny, no space for anything (some of them only 45 sq m. The bottom would fall out of the retail industry – you can’t fit anything into them. Tiny wardrobes, miniscule kitchens, no room for storage. Great if you don’t like clutter I suppose…

I-filed 9:25 pm 29 Sep 11

Well well well – Nishi, far from being environmentally sustainable as per their marketing campaign, is in trouble for sourcing dirty aluminium … and guess which Australian Government department was going to lease from them on the basis of their enviro credentials?

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/cheap-metal-puts-climate-agency-at-risk-of-union-green-ban-20110920-1kjmr.html

UNIONS have gone on the warpath after learning that the new headquarters for the federal Climate Change Department will use cheap Chinese aluminium, which they say is dirtier to produce than the Australian product.

The national secretary of the Australian Workers Union, Paul Howes, raised the matter with Julia Gillard yesterday during a meeting of the unions, industry, the Prime Minister and senior ministers to discuss ways of helping the struggling manufacturing sector.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union was not ruling out a green ban on the site if Australian aluminium was not used. The secretary, Dave Noonan, said it was hard to see how the environment was being served ”by aluminium being produced in a high-carbon environment”.

I-filed 5:49 pm 18 Feb 10

Ryoma said :

I-filed, I’m not sure, but one thing I know about this development is that it is actually being run by a Japanese developer (Nishi means west in Japanese)

I know this because I showed slight interest in an apartment in the apartment building going up next door, and (especially as I had no real hope of paying the “bargain” price of $620K for what he was spruiking, I asked what was being built further west.

Having lived in Japan, I’m aware that Japanese developers can do things either really well (very efficient use of space, as well as the roof gardens I mentioned earlier) or really badly (i.e not much idea of how to make a building blend with its surroundings, or necessarily any understanding of good passive solar design. Only time will tell which way Nishi goes 🙂

Molonglo Group, Fender Katsalidis and Oculus are Japanese developers? How so? No “Nishi” company is mentioned on the link! : 0

Ryoma 9:08 pm 17 Feb 10

I-filed, I’m not sure, but one thing I know about this development is that it is actually being run by a Japanese developer (Nishi means west in Japanese)

I know this because I showed slight interest in an apartment in the apartment building going up next door, and (especially as I had no real hope of paying the “bargain” price of $620K for what he was spruiking, I asked what was being built further west.

Having lived in Japan, I’m aware that Japanese developers can do things either really well (very efficient use of space, as well as the roof gardens I mentioned earlier) or really badly (i.e not much idea of how to make a building blend with its surroundings, or necessarily any understanding of good passive solar design. Only time will tell which way Nishi goes 🙂

I-filed 6:23 pm 17 Feb 10

I’d like to know these developers’ longterm track record on sustainability. They are longstanding developers – anyone know what they were building through the 1990s? I reckon they are likely to be found to be cynical opportunists, and their “eco” approach is just a post-lobbying sop to bureaucrats’ desire to tick a box on some planning documentation. I bet there is no evidence of earlier “eco awareness” in their building practices. Anyone able to stump up their history?

GardeningGirl 5:34 pm 17 Feb 10

Ryoma said :

The two buildings I like for their distinctiveness are the Melbourne and Sydney buildings. They have heritage, and belong to a time when people made buildings with the idea of contributing to the streetscape – not in building yet another square box cheaply.

I like them too, though not in their current run-down multiple-shades-of-cream state 🙁 I always think what a waste when I drive past . . .

As for Nishi, I’d like it to work . . .

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