Standing at a height of 180 metres, the planned tower for a software firm in Sydney will be the world’s tallest building with hybrid timber construction. Atlassian has engaged New York architects SHoP and Australian architect firm BVN for the ambitious project. Its 40 floors, constructed from timber, are planned to be supported by a steel frame and wrapped in a steel and glass facade. The building is intended to completely regenerate the precinct, where approximately 25,000 jobs will be created. There will also be a major focus on the structure’s energy efficiency, with an objective of 50% lower energy consumption compared to traditional buildings of its size. This target will be achieved through natural ventilation and spacious, planted terraces along with “self-shading” elements and solar panels in the facade, which will generate electricity directly on-site. Building with hybrid construction is also estimated to produce 50% lower CO2 emissions than with conventional construction. The development site is currently home to a hostel and former parcel centre. Both of the existing buildings will be revitalised and integrated into the new tower. Scott Farquhar, Atlassian’s co-founder and co-CEO, appears delighted, saying, “Our new headquarters will breathe new life into this part of Sydney. The building will be highly sustainable and highly flexible. It will be purpose-built for the future of work, for tomorrow’s world, not today’s.” Construction is scheduled to commence in 2021 with the tower expected to be complete in 2025.
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