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Ark, Sydney, Australia

Monday 12 Jul 2010

'Ark at that

Ark by WAN Editorial in Sydney, Australia
Brett Boardman 
Ark by WAN Editorial in Sydney, Australia Ark by WAN Editorial in Sydney, Australia Ark by WAN Editorial in Sydney, Australia
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15/07/10 Brett Wawn, Perth
Congratulations Rice Daubney.

Work so grand not only inspires us locally, it reaches out to the entire international Architectural community.

From one ArchiCAD user to another... Thank you for shining the spotlight, once again, down on all us proud Australians.


Brett Wawn
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14/07/10 jose Lei, HongKong
While the Ark qualifies for an exciting modern structure, it contains many unexplained features other than to specifically make it look different. But at what cost!

<p>The current design trend could perhaps be described as "Hollywood" productions - everything & anything goes, illogical elements, metal and glass frantic, as long as is creates an excitement for the lay audience that fill the box office. There is no substance and there is no indication as to where it leads us.

<p>Extensive use of glass has its drawbacks. It’s costly to be made “green". Its rigid and brittle properties may be problematic in their ageing process therefore maintenance problems.

<p>Otherwise, yes, it’s an exciting building.
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13/07/10 Antonio, Madrid
Amazing. I simply love it :)
13/07/10 Vanessa, Sydney
What a huge milestone in Architectural history!

Congratulations to Rice Daubney!!!

From everyone here at Graphisoft, so very proud to be associated with such brilliance, you make our software shine!

<p>Thank you
<br>Vanessa Breese
<br>Strategic Accounts Manager
<br>Graphisoft Australia

Rice Daubney are ringing the changes in Australia with fully integrated BIM building on site of old Telephone Exchange 

Ark is the first high rise commercial building in Australia to be delivered as a fully integrated Building Information Model (BIM). With its dark grey glazing, window framing and sunshades, it cuts a striking picture in North Sydney’s CBD – an area so affluent with commercial, residential and heritage buildings.

From the design stage of the Ark project, Rice Daubney’s main focus was to ensure that the new structure blended in to its context, responding to the specific conditions of the site whilst retaining a sense of individuality. In an effort to meet these high standards, Ark's podium uses sculpture, art, landscaping and heritage interpretation to engage public interest, which is further fuelled by a public forecourt at the eastern end of the site. This interactive space has been included to allow overlapping activities to occur throughout the day, providing a vibrant pocket of public space to the precinct. Rice Daubney suggest that the other buildings in the street ‘step in and out from their boundary with a series of bays that range in height as they move up Mount Street’. Ark responds to this with ‘a series of vertical zinc framed boxes against an angled wall of glass, building a relationship with the heritage buildings both in form and reflection'.

Towering above the podium is a delicate glass wing, which makes Ark instantly recognisable within its heritage-rich location. Cranked in the middle, the design provides more area on the upper and the major building expression – an imaginative response to a council control for a 5m weighted average setback. The design has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Office V2 Design rating from the GBCA and is the first completed high rise commercial building to achieve such a rating in New South Wales. Green elements of the design include tri-generation power supply, grey and storm-weather recycling systems and a fleet of electric cars for use by the buildings tenants.

The artistic license infused in this building is not confined to its architectural design. Constructed on the site of an old Telephone Exchange, sculpture, art and landscaping with a nod to the location’s own heritage have been incorporated into the design. These include ‘1936’ – an artwork by Rice Daubney model maker and artist Simon Grimes which uses original letters for the Telephone Exchange to act as a shadow play on the concrete blade wall in the lobby. Such works are a subtle indication that whilst the structure itself may be brand new, its site has just as much historical value as its more neighbours.

Sian Disson
News Editor

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