|My friends Guy Wilkinson and Rory Toomey (both in the lower left) giving me a tour of the new project. Photo ©Darren Bradley.|
I have to say that coming across this place for the first time, nothing really prepares you for how insane that cantilevered shelf looks coming off the tower. It literally caused me to stop dead in my tracks.
|Since I was already stopped dead in my tracks here, I thought I'd take a photo. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Diagram of the heliostat and tower at One Central Park.|
|One Central Park with Heliostat visible. Vertical gardens by Patrick Blanc. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
OK, maybe that's just me.
Anyway, back to this Central Park project. As I was saying, it's a mixed-use urban renewal project on the site of a brewery that closed back in 2000. It includes a public parks, residential buildings, a shopping centre and other commercial buildings, and office space. Fellow starchitect Norman Foster has been brought in to design the commercial spaces.
|This sales office is probably just a temporary space that will be torn down and removed, but I liked it. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|It was a really dark, crappy day when I took this shot. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Yes, those are balloons. I thought they added something to the composition, don't you? Photo ©Darren Bradley.|
I'll stop by the next time I'm in Sydney and see how the plantings and the project is coming along, and perhaps take a few more photos.
In the meantime, let's work on that campaign to get Jean Nouvel cast as the next James Bond villain!