Five stars for no air conditioning, no offices and no back wall

"Succulent visuals, spatial invention, and commercial cred"? Elizabeth Farrelly looks into Australia’s first five-star-rated eco-sustainable office building.
May 30, 2004, 11am PDT | Charlotte Fitzgerald
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Lend Lease’s new corporate headquarters in Sydney stands out for what it doesn’t have – no air conditioning, no offices and no back wall. Instead this is the first use of chilled-beam technology in Sydney, with an open plan workstation layout built up against an existing sandstone cliff-wall. The building was designed in response to desires for a more sustainable, greenhouse-friendly solution, that also showed "smart design, flat hierarchies and connectivity – to light, air, transport and technology". The perimeter of the building is used for shared spaces - fresh-air winter gardens, conference rooms and lunch spaces. At fifty metres long and 4 storeys high, Elizabeth Farrelly describes the end product as "catwalk chic".

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Published on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 in The Sydney Morning Herald
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