The LEAF awards for innovative architecture have just been announced in Düsseldorf/Neuss and the Overall Winner is One Central Park in Sydney. Already a much-loved and admired building by locals, the way it incorporates plants into its overall design is a big reason for its popularity.
LEAF (Leading European Architects Forum) gives annual awards to projects from around the world in a broad range of categories from individual houses to multi-storey commercial buildings and also interior fit-outs.
One Central Park, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, also won Best Sustainable Development of the Year.
A 3-bedroom apartment in the complex will set you back a cool AUD $3 million, or you could always rent a 1 bedroom apartment (no parking) from AUD$600 per week.
One Central Park Sydney features one of the world’s tallest vertical gardens (150m high) designed by Patrick Blanc, a living tapestry that cloaks part of the building. But there’s more – a huge roof garden (above) and vines that are wreathing their way across and up much of the building, giving it a unique, jungle-covered look despite its very shiny and modern facade.
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