New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/9 - Page 31

Preceding pages and left: Natural light floods the large central atrium, which features glass elevators and sky bridges. The atrium was designed to provide a sense of transparency and opportunities for social interaction. Below:Breakout areas are positioned to maximise views of the village green. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by John Gollings Automated glazed areas on the sawtooth roof bring natural light down into a large central atrium, and enable it to be naturally ventilated. Todd says three key principles drove the interior design – interaction, transparency and flexibility. “Interaction is encouraged by the atrium design, in particular the creation of social hubs, generous circulation paths, meeting rooms, oversized stairs, bridges and interconnecting labs. Functions of the building are open or closed through varying levels of transparency, in the facade and interior design. “Laboratory spaces are conceived as flexible modules that can be either separate or connected. The spaces can be adjusted over time.” Wooldridge says the building is the first at UNSW to implement a rooftop photovoltaic system and a tri-generation plant. Most of the roof is covered by a 150kW photovoltaic array, and the 800kW tri-generation system produces enough energy each year to supply almost 400 houses. “Other energy-saving features include the highly efficient facade and the underground labyrinth that provides the building’s cooling at no cost. In addition, specific materials were selected to minimise the environmental impact of the build. “The university’s leading-edge research in photovoltaics has also been facilitated by a stateof-the-art Class 10,000 clean room. This ultra-clean lab is used in the research and development of more efficient silicone chips for PV solar panels.” Project:Tyree Energy Technologies Building, UNSW Architect, interior designer and landscape architect:Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), Sydney Construction company:Brookfield Multiplex Project manager:Capital Insight Structural and civil engineer:Taylor Thomson Whitting Mechanical and specialty gas:Steensen Varming Electrical engineer, specialist lighting, fire engineering and vertical transport:Arup Hydraulic and fire services engineer:Warren Smith & Partners Acoustic engineer:Acoustic Studio Sustainability consultant:Aecom Informatics and audiovisual:Wizard; Spinifex Group Accessibility consultant:Morris Goding Clean room consultant:AB Mandal Quantity surveyor:Davis Langdon Cladding:Yuanda; Ceramica Mayor Tempio by Precast Concrete Group (Qld); Alubond Roof:Fielders KingKlip Glazing system:Yuanda; Viracon (performance glazing) Hardware:Sliding doors and operable walls by Dorma; Keeler hardware by Ikon Doors Balconies/balustrades:Hoop pine FSC timber by Cubic with Briggs Veneers; stainless steel and perforated mesh by Active Metal Floo &