Coca-Cola Place, originally known as The Ark, is a dramatic new icon in the heart of North Sydney. The 21-level commercial office building is the first high-rise building in Australia designed and delivered as a BIM, and the first high-rise building in NSW to achieve a 6 Star Green‐Star V2 rating for sustainability, the highest rating possible.
The concept behind the development is a set of layered architectural elements that respond to the surrounding heritage buildings and streetscape, the natural environment and city skyline – all while delivering an innovative and sustainable working environment. The iconic structure consists of three distinct components—the public ground level, which integrates with the streetscape and features large-scale works of art dedicated to concepts of place; the podium, which responds to the varying heights of the streetscape and forms a relationship with surrounding heritage buildings through a series of vertical zinc-framed oriel windows that respond to the surrounding urban rhythm; and the delicate, angular wing of glass that forms the southern façade of the tower, which appears suspended in front of the building and provides a sense of lightness, transparency and intrigue.
Since its completion in 2010, Coca-Cola Place has won seven major awards:
- 2011 Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards - NSW Development of the Year
- 2011 Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards - Best New Sustainable Development
- 2011 AIA NSW Awards Commercial Building Commendation for Outstanding Architecture
- 2010 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award - Development of the Year
- 2010 NSW Excellence in Property Award (The Australian Property Industry) - The Environmental Development Award
- 2010 New South Wales Excellence in Building and Construction Awards (Master Builder's Association) - Best Use of Glass
- 2010 New South Wales Excellence in Building and Construction Awards (Master Builder's Association) - Energy Efficiency