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30 THE BOND: Sydney's Greenest Building
|Lend Lease and Peddle Thorp Architects|
|30-34 Hickson Road, the Rocks.|
|Millennium Minimalist Modernism|
|reinforced concrete frame, curtain wall glazing. 5 star ABGR|
BOND, 30 THE BOND*
What’s more impressive than a building design that aims to reduce its greenhouse emissions to a 5 Star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating benchmark, which is the approximate equivalent to that of a Gold LEED greenhouse certification level? How about one which has proven to meet its target and improves on it. This is the case of the building known as 30 The Bond located at Hickson Road in Sydney.
When Lend Lease, its builder and current owner decided to create its new headquarters in Sydney it decided to hold numerous employee workshops to determine what they believed were the important priorities. Those priorities were reduction in pollutants, increase in environment quality, water management (as Australia has now been in what seems a permanent drought), waste management and a green area for them to enjoy. All of this resulted in an extremely well designed commercial building.
Built over the old contaminated gasworks site, which had to be restored, 30 The Bond was the first building in Australia to achieve the rating of 5 stars ABGR, with a certified emission that resulted in over a 20% reduction over the already stringent targets set by its initial 5 star design commitment, as well as receiving a 5 star Green Star - office as built rating from the Australian Green Building Council . It achieved this rating by using chilled beams (a first in Australia), wintergarden rooms and automatically controlled external shades to keep the heat out as well as providing external views to 60% of its occupants. It also contains low VOC carpets and paints, a roof garden with native plants and timber decking from sustainable sources. Water saving fittings as well as a sub-metering system to allow for any leak detection sealed the deal.
And while all of that is important, what we like here at Inhabitat is when we can achieve all this with style, and this building does it in droves. When entering the building you cannot help to notice the exposed four-storey sandstone wall that serves as one wall of the atrium. Aside from being a reminder of the site’s history, as it was originally cut by convicts early in Sydney’s history, it also serves as insulation as well as providing natural cooling to the atrium.
The 9 storey building was designed by PTW Architects (who we recentally raved about for their “Bubble Building”) in conjunction with WHO interior architecture and Bovis Lend Lease.
*This writer apologizes for the terrible pun inflicted upon his readers and promises not to do it again… too much.
30 The Bond – Lend Lease + PTW Architects
30 The Bond, 30 Hickson Road, Millers Point
by Lend Lease design, Whittaker Hadenham Openshaw & PTW Architects
Address: 30-34 Hicksons Road Sydney.
Travel: Catch a train from any Sydney station to Wynard Station, come out the Clarence Street exit. Turn left onto Margaret Street and continue walking North.
Info: The foyer is a public space weekdays between 9am-5pm. There is a small coffee shop to sit an enjoy the space from.
30 The Bond
30 The Bond is the first office building in Australia (written in 2003) to commit to a 5 star energy rating and is a leading example of social and environmental sustainability within commercial objectives.
The building has 30% lower CO2 emissions than a typical office building. This has been achieved through the use of natural ventilation, passive chilled beam cooling and fully operable shading on the facades.
The building has a roof top garden with drought resistant plants. This provides a valuable amenity for occupants and neighbours and enhances biodiversity.
The building design features 100m long floor open plates, glass fronted lifts, open stairs, side cores, balconies and terraces.
The four-storey sandstone wall is the longest and oldest convict-hewn sandstone cutting in Sydney, and provides additional cooling as well as acting as an airduct out of the building.
Materials used reflect the local environment and maritime heritage with oxidised steel, recycled wharf timbers and patinated copper.
Lend Lease occupies levels 3-8, as well as the Child Care Centre on the ground floor. The Lend Lease work floors feature open work spaces, meeting pods that jut out into the atrium for communal activities and shared kitchens, and a chill/meet zone on the western perimeter for quieter meetings and activities.
Lend Lease employees actively contributed to the design of the building and the fitout, and have great ownership of the result.
IP telephony and other technological innovations, as well as contemporary art installations, are solutions which stemmed from the employee design briefs.
Natural finishes including bamboo, wool, sisal, goat hair, linen, cotton, and leather all contribute to the health of the environment. Great contemporary design, mixed with some recycled classics, has contributed to a headquarters with a real “wow” factor.
A residents committee was formed to work with Lend Lease during construction, and this group provided connections into the Millers Point community. Working bees in the Community Centre, support for the Observatory Hill Environment Education Centre, and a youth mentoring scheme are some of the ways Lend Lease creates this Bond with the local people.
The atrium is wireless-enabled, and includes a public café on the ground floor.
|Thanks to http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/03/19/30-the-bond-sydneys-greenest-building/|