Commendation for Sustainable Architecture

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40 ALBERT ROAD

SJB ARCHITECTS

JURY CITATIONThis modest office building has an astounding array of innovative technology to contribute to its six-star Green Star rating for commercial refurbishment, achieving an impressive 83 credit points.

While many projects seek to use the sustainability agenda to give a unique architectural expression, in this project the architect’s intention was to demonstrate how such technologies could be seamlessly integrated into a workplace environment.

The existing building has been reinvented through a series of careful yet modest interventions – stairs relocated, facades opened up, rooftop terrace added – and offers a significantly improved solution. The technological innovations included in the project fall into two categories: commercially viable solutions in the current market, and demonstration technologies for the future. A notable feature introduced to the project is a monitoring and feedback system coupled with in-site signage explaining the environmental initiatives. The project is a model for the transformation of inefficient building stock to a more sustainable outcome, and provides a useful demonstration of technologies for the many visitors it attracts.

40 ALBERT ROADArchitect SJB Architects—project architect Michael Bialek. Project manager Steve Emonson. Interior designer SJB Interiors— Michael Bialek. Builder Construction Engineering Aust. Photographer Rhiannon Slatter.

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Published online: 1 Nov 2006

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