Pruszinski Architects are planning to build a new low-rise for the CBD east. Located right new the planned 39 level mixed tower (same architect), it will feature offices and a four storey wind arbour (see example bellow)
Sensational-Adelaide thread here
The ground floor will feature a new lobby concept, a lobby and coffee place that is completely open to the footpath, a footpath that if council agree to equally contribute will see a few carparks become a small city park with lawn, hedges, and seats. The lobby and coffee bar will have true city integration, and wont be just another indent with a tree. This is of course subject to approval by the ACC, something that is proving difficult at this time.
The green-wall will be the largest in Adelaide, and having a north face, as well as the ability to maintain it easily from behind, should see it thrive. It's not there to just look green though. The plants will contribute toward filtering the air departing the carpark, and at the same time offer an important coolant source to the double skin façade above. Double skin façades have never really worked in Adelaide, simply because they have been incorrectly designed and are seen as far too expensive. This one though has some science behind it, with a natural current forming at its base dragging the cool air through the green-wall and up the face of the double glazing, effectively using heat generated within the double skin to create cool natural breeze up the vertical plane of the façade. In winter occupants can open the windows to bring some nice warm, fresh air in. The entire double skin façade is being prefabricated and pre-glazed, which has opened up massive cost saving opportunities as well as important construction safety advances.
The office floors are a boutique 500sqm each, and as with all our projects and without exception, this area needs to be maximised. There is a reality in Adelaide that only financially efficient projects proceed.
Level 6 will feature a double skin façade with landscaping to its east and west sides. The mature trees planted in massive below slab planters will offer the architectural occupants of this floor ideal outdoor work and meeting spaces, with the trees creating cool breezes in summer, and the double skin façade blocking the western wind. The space will feature large and small meeting tables as well as private discussion and work areas. Pruszinski Architects intends to demonstrate that in our climate, there are times that working and meeting outdoors is far better than being locked inside another glass box.
The wind arbour on the side is nothing new, although it's dynamic attributes will certainly surprise many in Adelaide, as will the constant movement of the two glass walled lifts in the centre of the façade. The combination of these two moving forms, along with the movement of the green-wall, will create a visual dynamic unlike any other in Adelaide, a solid sense that the building is alive and very active.
The parapet will be nothing but solar panels, 49 of them, creating significant power generation for a building of this size to help its tenants meet their carbon offset targets. The double skin double glazed façade systems and fresh air windows will contribute to a substantial reduction in power consumption, making the solar panels even more effective. Retractable horizontal louvres will be stored behind these panels to protect the east, west, and northern glazing as required.
Pruszinski Architects does not aim to produce award winning pieces of architecture, yet we are thrilled when our clients are recognised, especially at a national level. Our focus remains on the delivery of commercially appropriate buildings that provide significantly enhanced usability and pleasure for its occupants, solid commercial returns for its current and future owners, enhanced recognition of our environmental awareness, and a clear demonstration that a box shouldn't always be judged as a box. Our current office on Pulteney Street is also a box, and those that have been inside know first hand that it is far from ordinary, yet simple and efficient. Those that haven't been in our office, are welcome any time to help understand this principle.
Sensational-Adelaide thread here