Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, in association with PTW Architects in Sydney. All the architectural documentation was done by PTW using Revit in Sydney. This was an extremely complicated Revit model to work on, partly because no two floor plans were identical. The building consists of a six storey mixed-use podium with a partially underground retail level and several levels of basement parking; and two towers of different heights. The lower tower has an array of heliostat mirrors mounted on top - these track the sun and bounce its rays up to the underside of a massive cantilevered roof garden; the cantilever supports another series of mirrors, which reflect the sun back down into the public garden behind the building, and also into the shopping atrium in the podium.
|Array of mirrors cantilevered from the upper tower|
|Cantilevered mirrors viewed from inside the podium atrium|
|Green planters on the balconies|
|View of Channel 7 headquarters from the cantilevered roof garden|
|Link bridge to cantilevered roof garden - with red glazing|
We also used RTV Tools "Drawing Manager" to handle Revision control and the complex sheet numbering system required by the building contractors. It was invaluable for handling revisions across sheets on multiple linked files; and for batch generating PDFs and DWGs with the appropriate file names for uploading to Aconex.
Although this project was basically done as "Lonely BIM", there was some collaboration - particularly with the steel fabricators. This project was a successful testing ground for how to handle such a large and complex project in Revit. Many people worked on the project over the years, and are now applying that gained knowledge in different locations and on varied projects in Sydney and around the world.