6th Holcim Awards 2020/21

221 Main authors: Wolfgang Kessling, Transsolar Energietechnik, Munich, Germany; Edwin Chan, EC3 Design, Los Angeles, USA; James O’Callaghan, Eckersley O’Callaghan Ltd., London, UK; Corie D. Sharples and Andreia Taixeira, SHoP, New York, USA; Ric Wang, Atlassian, Sydney, Australia. Further author: Ninotschka Titchkosky, BVN, Sydney, Australia. New proposal for livability The Holcim Awards jury Asia Pacific considered the building a remarkable contribution to sustainable architecture that is greater than the sum of its parts. The project successfully combines structural, environmental and programmatic elements to achieve not only outstanding energy performance, in both construction and use phases, but also an indisputable aesthetic character. Two remarkable elements to the tower typology are successfully incorporated: a hybrid structure that dramatically reduces the building footprint and an unusual spatial organization in neighborhood units that combines healthy and comfortable workspaces with protected gardens. According to the jury, Atlassian Central goes beyond being an energy-efficient high-rise building: it is a new proposal for livability in contemporary cities. unit also accounts for a generous protected outdoor garden that further contributes to pleasant and attractive spaces as well as to occupant comfort and well-being. Well-integrated PV panels are installed on the façade itself to achieve an on-site production of at least 500 MWh/y. “Focusing on people made it turn out as a very sustainable building” Wolfgang Kessling