Sydney to get world’s tallest hybrid timber tower

Atlassian plans to build the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower for its new headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Image courtesy Atlassian
Atlassian plans to build the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower for its new headquarters in Sydney, Australia.
Image courtesy Atlassian

Software company Atlassian plans to build the world’s tallest hybrid timber building for its new headquarters in the tech precinct of Central Station, Sydney, Australia. The tower will be 180-m (590-ft) high.

Designed by New York-based SHoP Architects and Australian practice BVN, the new building will be home to thousands of technology workers when complete in 2025.

Their groundbreaking design of timber, with a glass and steel façade will include a mix of outdoor and indoor spaces and will use an energy-efficient approach that features natural ventilation and large planted terraces giving access to nature. The building will be approximately 40 storeys high.

The building will be designed to operate on 100 per cent renewable energy and reach net zero emissions. The project will target:

  • 50 per cent less embodied carbon in construction compared to a conventional building;
  • 50 per cent less energy consumption compared with a new conventionally operated building and solar panels in the vertical façades, to generate green power onsite; and
  • the building will operate on 100 per cent renewable energy from day one.

The tower includes a steel exoskeleton that supports the mega floors between neighbourhoods. The current design also incorporates an electricity-generating façade system with self-shade capabilities to reduce direct heat gain internally. Combined with the use of mass timber, the innovative façade enables the project to leverage Sydney’s temperate climate to help reduce carbon emissions and generate energy onsite.

Park spaces have been integral in the design of this workplace, creating a staggered outdoor garden in a Sydney high rise tower. Level 1 communal activities are located at the first of the elevated parks of the tower, providing protected outdoor spaces that will be comfortable all year round.

Development applications will be lodged in coming months with a plan to begin construction next year.

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