Five stars for no air conditioning, no offices and no back wall
Lend Leases new corporate headquarters in Sydney stands out for what it doesnt 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".
Thanks to Charlotte Fitzgerald