Speaker Selections: City Shaping Projects

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In the lead-up to Urbanity, on August 3-5 at The Star on the Gold Coast, The Urban Developer sat down with some of the keynote speakers presenting over the two days to find out more about the trends they are witnessing across the industry and the projects, overseas and at home, that are inspiring them.

Quay Quarter

A premier commercial tower at 50 Bridge Street, is currently being delivered by AMP Capital Diversified Property Fund and AMP Capital Wholesale Office Funds.

The BVN-designed project comprises five distinct glass volumes, stacked upon each other to improve views over the harbour and allow more daylight into the office floors.

“The construction of Quay Quarter in Sydney has been amazing to watch due to its technical engineering,” Roberts Co chief executive Alison Mirams said.

“The cantilevers and changes in building geometry are simply incredible,”

Alison Mirams will be hosting a presentation on the main stage entitled ‘The Five Day Construction Week’ on Friday August 5. To learn more about Urbanity speaker Alison Mirams, click here

One Barangaroo

Crown Sydney, also referred to as One Barangaroo, is a 75-storey skyscraper in central Sydney developed by casino operator Crown Resorts.

The 270m tall tower, the tallest residential building in Sydney, comprises a hotel, residential apartments, and a casino.

“Crown to me is outstanding in its design, status and architecture,” Sammut Group managing director Allen Sammut said. 

“The simplistic curves and twisting of the building I believe will see it become an iconic Sydney landmark recognised the world over. 

“Added to this is the complexity of the construction with each floor plate being different to the other, each pane of glass also being a one-off and all of this being constructed under budget and ahead of program.”

Allen Sammut will join Dare Property Group’s Danny Avidan and Beulah’s Adelene Teh on Thursday August 4 as part of a panel discussion providing real perspectives from private property players. To learn more about Urbanity speaker Allen Sammut, click here.  

Atlassian Tower

Tech giant Atlassian, with partner Dexus, will build a $1-billion-plus concrete-and-timber tower next to Sydney’s Central Station, as the flagship project in the NSW government-backed technology precinct Tech Central.

The tower will offer 60,000sq m of office space, 8000sq m of backpackers accommodation, 2500sq m of lobby and retail, along with 500sq m of basement floorspace.

The five uppermost floors of the building will create an open air environment for wellness facilities, meeting areas, lounge spaces, dining areas and planted terraces.

The new Atlassian headquarters in Sydney is setting new benchmarks for sustainable high rise commercial office towers,” Built development director Jono Cottee said.

It will be Australia’s tallest hybrid timber tower and anchor the NSW government’s new Tech Central precinct and have leading edge design to attract and grown the world’s best tech talent.

Jono Cottee will be delivering an in depth case study on SubStation 164, a recently delivered progressive, culturally vibrant commercial building in Sydney’s CBD, on Thursday August 4. To learn more about Urbanity speaker Jono Cottee, click here

West Village

Master-crafted by Sekisui House Australia, West Village is a $1.2-billion mixed use and masterplanned community, encompassing the heritage listed Peters Ice, at Brisbane’s City-fringe suburb, West End.

Brimming with cafes and casual dining, gardens and abundant open space, West Village is transforming and connecting the local community through a 6-Star Green Star Communities rating.

West Village is placemaking at its best,” Centuria Capital joint chief executive Jason Huljich said.

“It not only breathes new life into the heritage listed, former Peter’s Ice Cream Factories but provides a ready-made eat, work, play community with circa 1250 residences and 16,500sq m of modern retail facilities in addition to complementary hospitality, wellness and office accommodation.” 

Jason Huljich will be joined by MaxCap Group’s Bill McWilliams and ADCO Constructions Judith Brinsmead for a panel discussion on Thursday August 4. To learn more about Urbanity speaker Jason Huljich, click here.

Gillies Hall

The Peninsula Campus is the third largest of Monash University’s urban campuses, comprising its major presence in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.

Gillies Hall student accommodation comprises 150 student beds in the form of studio apartments, two apartments for residential support, and common spaces to meet the aspirations of Monash Residential Services while delivering on the high-level pastoral care model that has defined on-campus accommodation at Monash University.

Quarterly, our team take time to visit best practice projects. Over the past year, we’ve visited incredible benchmark exemplars such as Cape Paterson Ecovillage and Burwood Brickworks,” Hip v Hype founder Liam Wallis said. 

A particular standout was our visit to Monash University’s Gillies Hall. 

The project is cross-laminated-timber built, Passivhaus-certified, student accommodation that is designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects and landscapes by GLAS Urban.”

Liam Wallis will be presenting a case study on Hip v Hype’s project Ferrars & York on Thursday August 4. To learn more about Urbanity speaker Liam Wallis, click here

Optus Stadium

The new Optus Stadium in Perth delivers an exceptional atmosphere and experience for supporters of cricket, Australian Rules Football, rugby (union and league), athletics, soccer or entertainment events.

The stadium, designed by Hassell, Cox and HKS, has an initial capacity of 60,000 spectators and is safeguarded for the potential future addition of 10,000 seats.

The commitment to a ‘fans first’ stadium has resulted in an innovative design ensuring an exceptional event atmosphere and home ground advantage that can only be experienced by being there. 

“The entire stadium precinct has a brilliant design considering indigenous culture and accessibility,”  Brisbane Olympic Organising Committee board member Dr Sarah Kelly OAM said.

It is as multi purpose, income generating, smart stadium that connects to city in a gentrified area.

Dr Sarah Kelly OAM will join Anthony Ryan of the Brisbane Economic Development Agency on Friday August 5 as part of a panel discussion on the upcoming Brisbane Olympics. To learn more about Urbanity speaker Dr Sarah Kelly OAMclick here

Elephant Park

Elephant Park is a new mixed-use development in South London located in the historic area of Elephant and Castle being delivered by Lendlease.

The project is already more than half way through, with over 2300 homes and 9,000sq m of retail complete, whilst the two acre park that sits at the centre of the development is now open and drawing crowds from across London.

A thoughtful and human centred renewal programme with significant social and affordable housing, centred around an outstanding green parkscape,” Urbis director Kate Meyrick said. 

“The focus on play and healthy activity throughout this Lendlease project is inspiring, beautiful and engaging. I saw it on a Saturday afternoon in June and it was brilliant to see families and kids playing in their local neighbourhood—a green oasis at the heart of an area otherwise dominated by traffic.

Kate Meyrick will take to the main stage on Thursday 4th August to deliver a presentation on post-Covid citiesTo learn more about Urbanity speaker Kate Meyrick, click here

Beijing Daxing International Airport

The new Beijing international airport terminal building, located on the opposite side of the city from Beijing’s existing Capital Airport, is now the world’s largest airport passenger terminal.

The terminal has a flexible layout that will allow it to be adapted into different configurations. It will also be connected to local and national rail services, including the Gao Tie high-speed rail.

“The pure scale of Beijing Airport in China is also very impressive,” ADCO Constructions chairman Judith Brinsmead said.

The major redevelopment will improve passenger congestion and capacity was very ambitious but has resulted in outstanding infrastructure which sets new standards in airport terminal design.”

Judith Brinsmead will be joined by MaxCap Group’s Bill McWilliams and Centuria Capital’s Jason Huljich for a panel discussion on Thursday August 4. To learn more about Urbanity speaker Judith Brinsmead click here.

Duett Dusseldorf

Duett Düsseldorf is the city’s new opera house that connects to the nearby Hofgarten park, the Rhein River and the popular Königsallee street, aiming to create a publicly accessible space that brings people together.

With a state-of-the-art opera house, a hotel, restaurants and cafes, office spaces and residential units, the project aims to create a shared cultural epicenter for the people of Düsseldorf. 

“The rich mixed-use programme and the expansive public roof garden allows it to operate not as a private cultural institution but as an important public space bringing a new cultural core to the city centre,” Contreras Earl Architecture director Monica Earl said.

“The project responds to the starkness of the context with glass towers hovering above while introducing a new warmth to the city centre through the use of sculptural timber in the inviting foyer space.”

Monica Earl will join Zakpage’s Alison Page for a panel discussion on building lasting and culturally significant places on Thursday August 4. To learn more about Urbanity speaker Monica Earl, click here

Park Habitat

Park Habitat, designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, is the new 20-storey building located in downtown San Jose, in the middle of Silicon Valley, California.

The biophilic design of the facility, which offers retail, office spaces, as well as a museum, features a glass and wood facade covered with vines and planters, a “green-lung” atrium at its core, a roof-garden and vents, which will create “architectural inhalation and exhalation on a 24-hour cycle”.

“Kuma is someone whom I greatly admire and with whom I have worked in the past,” Koichi Takada said.

“I’d love to see vertical gardens integrated into all our high-rise buildings in Australia and beyond. They’re good for us, for our cities and for our environment, which is why we’re currently working on a number of them, starting with our Urban Forest project in Brisbane. 

“When big, established practices like Kuma san’s embrace more sustainable design, it sets a great example for the industry as a whole.

Koichi Takada will take to the main stage on Thursday August 4 to deliver a presentation on biophilic architecture. To learn more about Urbanity speaker Koichi Takada, click here

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