2011 sees the revival of the Australian Architecture Association's (AAA) Short Black: Architects in Their Space, series of talks. The first building to be featured in the new program was the commercial office building, 1 Bligh, presented on Wednesday 26 October.
Designed by the Sydney architecture practice Architectus, in association with the German architect Christoph Ingenhoven, 1 Bligh is Sydney's newest edition to a growing generation of commercial high rise buildings achieving 6 Star Green Star and 5 star NABERS ratings.
The Short Black talk was proudly hosted in the top floor commercial space, by the buildings co-owners DEXUS Property Group / DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund & Cbus Property. Attendees were treated to outstanding views of the city and harbour, while the building was presented by two speakers, Tony Gulliver, Head of Development and Trading for Dexus Property Group and Ray Brown, Director of Architectus.
Introduced by Ray Brown, Tony Gulliver briefly highlighted how astute property investment and development can create well designed sustainable buildings that add value to the city's commercial landscape. He explained how enlightened developers can utilise a selective brief, to ensure a building is environmentally responsible, while still achieving desirable commercial space within budgetary constraints.
Ray Brown then proceeded to give an insight into the design process involved in the collaboration between their office and Ingenhoven Architects. It was fascinating to see how considerations of the site's shape, position, views, orientation and environmental considerations contributed to the final elliptical building, that encloses 27 levels of commercial space.
Attendees were then guided through a few floors of the building, viewing break out spaces, ancillary spaces and service spaces (which included bathrooms with outstanding views!). The tour of the building ended viewing the building ‘in the round' at ground and platform level where a lush green wall at the rear of the site, shields views of services equipment. Participants were then invited to enjoy a drink and bites at The Bligh bar, for a chance to disseminate their experience of the building.
- Vanessa Couzens
(Photos by Vanessa Couzens & Vincent Lam)