Reflecting on Wind Engineering at Central Park

Scott Clohessy

Frasers Property, Sydney

Central Park is one of Sydney’s most popular downtown destinations. A global collaboration of architects and artists has created a vibrant urban village loved by its residents and admired by all. Occupying 5.8 hectares on the former site of the Carlton and United Brewery on Broadway, the AU$2 billion urban development consists of residential, student living, a multi-level shopping center, commercial office space and multiple hotels, plus the beautiful Chippendale Green in the heart of it all.

Specifically of interest to the wind-engineering community, Central Park not only had the challenges of most Sydney City major developments in terms of pedestrian comfort, Central Park uniquely dealt with a substantial public art program, both temporary and permanent, two of which were wind-powered. “Windwatcher” and “Halo,” a 40-meter cantilevering sky garden, contained the world’s first heliostat in a residential high-rise. It features reflectors vividly transforming into a theatrical artwork at night. Central Park also contains Australia’s first mixed-use precinct central thermal plant and tri-generation facility. Through adaptive re-use, Central Park revitalized the Tooth Brewery’s chimney stack, located in the middle of the site, as the exhaust system for this cutting-edge facility.

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