Saturday, 27 November 2010

Sydney Open - Barangaroo/KPMG Tower/Weekend Reflections

Looking over Barangaroo North from KPMG tower
The 16-level KPMG office tower, located at the northern end of the King Street Wharf development, was one of the first buildings in Sydney to achieve a 4.5-star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy rating. This was upgraded in the past two years to a 5-star rating because of an ongoing energy-reduction program. Each façade of the tower was oriented to take into account the movement of the sun throughout the year and the shading effect of adjacent buildings. The design of the façades focused on three issues: installation of shading devices on the northern, eastern and western façades to control the level of sunlight penetrating the glass and reduce the heat load at peak times; increasing access to natural light; and creating a dramatic effect, particularly with the visible splay to the northern façade. The building’s energy usage has been reduced by a combination of design features including window glazing and shading, active energycontrol systems, including daylight sensors that automatically dim artificial light, and infrared motion sensors to control lighting after hours.

For more reflections visit James' Newtown Area Photo.

7 comments:

diane said...

Sounds like a very well designed building. The reflection is magic.

Lesley said...

Isn't it wonderful what can be done when a lot of thought is put into design?!

ρομπερτ said...

How impressive a sight. Looks huge. Calm waters for you and a good weekend as well.

daily athens

namaki said...

I like that ! it's a panoramic reflection ! ;-)

Sylvia K said...

That is indeed a panoramic reflection! And what a terrific capture! Love it!! Hope you have a great weekend, Ann!

Sylvia

J Bar said...

Great shot. Well done.

'Tsuki said...

Hou ! I feel vertigo just by looking at your picture ! The angle you chose really give the sensation that you were on the ledge of the building... Very impressive !