One of the Greenest Buildings in the World on Showcase

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Robison Wells
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Opened in 2014, One Central Park in Sydney Australia looks at first like a building overrun, the ruin of a high rise that has been overgrown in some future apocalypse. A park at the foot of the building literally continues all the way up the structure, as vegetation from more than 250 different plants and flowers cover the building. They look pretty, provide shade, and send a statement: this building is sustainable.

Designed by Jean Nouvel, who won the highest prize in the world of architecture—the Pritzker—as well as a host of other awards, the unforgettable building is built in the center of a large park, not unlike Central Park in New York.

A hovering cantilever crowns the pinnacle of One Central Park. This contains the tower’s most luxurious penthouses.

Here there are a beguiling assembly of motorized mirrors that capture sunlight and direct the rays down onto Central Park’s gardens. After dark the structure is a canvas for leading light artist Yann Kersalé’s LED art installation that carves a shimmering firework of movement in the sky. This brings a new starlit architectural shape to the One Central Park design.

Just like Central Park New York, the 64,00sqm park is a lush tranquil meeting place where you can unwind and relax with friends and family. Wander or cycle through its tranquil groves or simply sit on the lawns for informal al fresco dining. There are also chessboards and an open-air cinema, as well as occasional markets and music festivals.

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