THE BIRTH OF ONE CENTRAL PARK
The story behind One Central Park starts with two artists who shared the same vision – architect Jean Nouvel, and French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc.
The Parisian design star is the winner of architecture’s Nobel Prize – the Pritzker, and a host of other architectural awards. Nouvel creates unforgettable skyscrapers, opera houses, museums and universities that grace city skylines from Manhattan to Tokyo.
Some of his other prestigious projects include: the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, and a limited edition perfume bottle for Yves San Laurent. His innovative work is technically cutting-edge, but conceptually poetic.
One Central Park offered Nouvel and Blanc a canvas of an entirely new scale. Here they built an integrated experience for living in harmony with the natural world.
The public park at the heart of the precinct climbs the side of the floor-to-ceiling glass towers to form a lush 21st century canopy. Using 250 species of Australian flowers and plants, the buds and blooms of the vegetation form a musical composition on the façade. Vines and leafy foliage spring out between floors and provide the perfect frame for Sydney’s skyline.
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.
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 motorised 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.
LocationLOT 1 Broadway, Central Park, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Design architectAteliers Jean Nouvel.
Architect of RecordPTW Architects
Green WallsPatrick Blanc
PhotographsMurray Fredericks, Simon Wood, John Gollings