Blog 10 – Jean Nouvel’s One Central Park
Before I get into this building, I’ll provide some background on my “star-chitect” Jean Nouvel. Born on August 12th, 1945, in Fumel, France, he was encouraged from a young age to study math and language for their job prospects, but he became enraptured by art in his teenage years. He later said his family compromised with him, allowing Jean to pursue architecture since it was considered “less risky”. Failing to gain entrance to a prestigious arts school, Nouvel moved to Paris where he won a national competition that allowed him entrance to the school he had been denied from. He then became an assistant to a pair of French architects, who made him a project manager within one year. By age 25, Nouvel was in his own architecture partnership, and he was off to become a key participant in architecture debates within France.
The fourth building designed by my assigned architect, Jean Nouvel, that I chose for the blogs assignment is One Central Park in Sydney, Australia. This building is very unique in that it was designed to double as a public park. Completed in 2013 for $208 million, the 34 story tower contains over 250 species of Australian plants, and astounding greenery covers the glass and steel curtain wall. The building even takes advantage of its reflectivity, actively directing or redirecting sunlight to and from the gardens when needed. The abundant vertical gardens add an incredible sense of environmental awareness and scenic beauty. The building however is still very well designed even without the vegetation. Protruding down and out on one side is a seemingly impossible sight: an almost floating enormous cantilever, containing pent houses and observation areas. This building makes me feel hope that one day our cities can have excellently designed towers with unbelievable gardens and greenery built right in.