With more and more innovative high-rise construction projects in the cards for Australia, the country is set to be the site of the Southern Hemisphere’s first ever Smart Skyscrapers Summit in March 2017. The Summit is an exciting new platform for discussion, knowledge sharing and networking between high-rise industry experts including architects, engineers, designers, urban planners and consultants.
Australia is already home to many noteworthy and prominent skyscrapers and super-tall buildings that stand out on the basis of their green and smart features. According to the Global Tall Building Database, there are currently 325 towers of 100 metres or taller in height in Australia, with most located in Melbourne and Sydney.
A prime example is Sydney’s One Central Park, one of the world’s best tall buildings, boasting the tallest vertical garden at over 1100 square metres. Mark Giles, Senior Associate, PTW Architects will discuss the impressive environmentally friendly design concepts that underpin this smart skyscraper at the Summit.
With approximately 272 towers currently under construction or in proposal for Australia, the rapid explosion of skyscraper construction raises the question of whether high-rise living is ultimately to the detriment of cities and building occupants. Dr Philip Oldfield, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales (UNSW) will address ways in which Australian tall building design can be influenced by and incorporate its climate, culture and context. The presentation will explore ways in which future cities can accommodate innovative new functions and provide spaces for community recreation.
Sydney’s 1 Bligh skyscraper has received multiple awards for its environmentally friendly building and has set a benchmark for sustainable design. Ray Brown, Managing Director, Architectus, examines the skyscraper’s innovative green features which incorporate a central atrium, double skin façade, air conditioning, energy generation, solar panels, black water recycling and recycled rain water.
The Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will provide a platform to discuss cutting-edge building technologies in the high-rise building sector. Karl Fender, Founding Director, Fender Katsalidis will outline new works on Australia 108, which, at 100 stories, is the only building of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Set for completion in 2019, the skyscraper will alter Melbourne’s skyline as it surpasses the Eureka Tower, currently Melbourne’s tallest structure.
Around the world, high-rise construction is seeing the steady increase in additions of environmentally friendly features such as solar power, wind turbines, natural ventilation technologies and energy efficient systems. The Summit will hear from a diverse range of international speakers who will showcase the latest high-rise construction trends and projects abroad.
Peter A. Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology at Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture LLP has led such projects as the Greenland Centre and the Dongcun Centre in China, 636 and 468 metres tall respectively and the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, the first building in the world which will stand at 1000 meters in height. Highlighting these projects and case studies, Mr Weismantle will bring his immense architectural design experience to the Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit.
Improving connectivity between high-rise towers and the public sphere at the pedestrian level is a central concern at the Summit which will be explored by Claude Godefroy, Partner and Design Director of Henning Larsen Architects based in Hong Kong. Mr Godefroy will examine the integration of high-rise structures with more social spaces, allowing them to become more public as well as enhancing the natural habitat.
Bringing his experience in creating some of the world’s best architecture to the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit, Alistair Guthrie, Director of Arup will discuss sustainable design and a holistic approach towards high-rise buildings. Mr Guthrie has worked on such diverse projects as the sustainability design for the Shard in London, the scheme design for the Yongsan landmark tower, KT tower in Seoul and CCTV building in Beijing.
The Quay Quarter Tower, a 49 storey high-rise is an exciting new project in the cards for Sydney which will take the aspects and facilities of low-rise and street life up into sky-high towers, offering tenants the increased connectivity of low-rise buildings. With projects ranging from the Museum and Learning Centre in Moscow, mixed-use towers in Sweden and India to the new headquarters for the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, Fred Holt, Architect and Partner at 3XN will discuss the innovative high-rise Quay Quarter Tower design at the Summit.
With high-rise projects on the agenda that will shape the Australian skyline in years to come, the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit is a major event on the high-rise and skyscraper industry calendar.
The Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will take place on the 28th & 29th of March 2017 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
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