Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Sydney Open - 30 The Bond

Located in Millers Point in the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct, 30 The Bond stands out as a leading architectural statement. It has also set the standard for environmental design in Australia, being the first office building in the nation to have achieved a 5-star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating. It has received more than 30 industry awards for design innovation, heritage adaptation and sustainability.

The sheer scale of 30 The Bond is overwhelming when you first enter – a soaring atrium, abundant natural light, suspended meeting rooms, and breakout spaces open to the outside world. The Bond precinct encompasses three heritage buildings, the earliest dating from the 1840s. These were preserved in 2004 through the sensitive redesign of the complex for reuse as an office building. The materials chosen for the project – including natural oxidised steel staircases, recycled timber and aged copper – were also sympathetic to the heritage features of the original buildings. In an area steeped in the rich heritage of early Australian commerce – encompassing the old bond stores, the original gasworks, Gas Lane and the wharves – 30 The Bond is now carving out its own historic niche.

2 comments:

J Bar said...

I've noticed this building from the outside but had no idea what it was like inside. Thanks for showing this.

Jane Bennett said...

Hi Ann,
Noticed the photos of my paintings in the foyer of the Bond. Thanks for showing them. I've just posted an article about the show on my blog 'Painting Barangaroo' http://barangarooartist.blogspot.com/ if you are interested.