One Central Park is an awe-inspiring collaboration between Jean Nouvel and French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc. The revolutionary symbiotic planting and building concept for Sydney’s newest residence is an integrated experience for living in harmony with the natural world.
“Landscape is architecture,” declares Nouvel. “Here we have created a continuity so the façades extend the park into the sky.”
One Central Park is built around a beautiful, spacious park that will be the living heart of the new precinct. More than 30,000 sqm of parks and public spaces will welcome local communities into the heart of Central Park. Conceived by Denmark’s Jeppe Aagaard Anderson and Sydney’s Turf Design, the park will be framed by striking contemporary and heritage architecture.
“Central Park will be a place for people to come together, get out of the office and feel the sunshine. It’s a safe, social place – a green haven in a busy urban environment.” Says Mike Horne of Turf Design.
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. Like notes on a stave, the buds and blooms of the vegetation form a musical composition on the façade. The effect is a tree house retreat – a hi-tech bower. Vines and leafy foliage springing out of the between-floor planters and provide the perfect frame for panoramic views across one of the world’s most beautiful cities to mountains and ocean. One Central Park offers Blanc a starry canvas of an entirely new scale using 250 species of Australian flowers and plants that changes with the seasons.
“When people see this artwork” says Blanc, “it will look like a natural cliff, as though you have cut a giant slice out of the Blue Mountains and put it in the middle of the city.”