Australia’s 1st completed Building Information Modelling (BIM) High Rise wins more awards

Courtesy of Investa / Photographer: Gerrit Fokkema

Coca-Cola Place (previously known as ARK) has won the Property Council’s NSW Development of the year. This award is the equivalent of the “Oscars” for the property industry in Australia and is yet another for this 21-level iconic building north of , New South Wales in Australia.

The Property Council’s Innovation and Excellence Awards is the pre-eminent property industry program in Australia. The annual awards celebrate the achievements of the sector’s finest professionals and companies.

Integrated into North Sydney’s heritage precinct, the form of Coca-Cola Place breaks boundaries, challenges traditions and sets new design benchmarks. It was conceived as a set of layered elements which responds to the grain of the Heritage Street, natural environment, public domain, and city skyline. Completed in 2010, it was conceived, designed, documented and built using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

More about it after the break.

Courtesy of Investa / Photographer: Gerrit Fokkema

Owners of the building; Investa -were quick to identify the benefits of Building Information Modelling and insisted that disciplines working on Coca-Cola Place complete the entire project using BIM.

Designed using GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD by Architects Rice Daubney and built by Thiess, Coca-Cola Place embraces environmental sustainability. The design achieves a 6 Star Green-Star, Design and As-Built ratings through a number of passive and active initiatives; a northern core, maximising views to the harbour, shaded narrow east and west elevations, tri-generation, grey and stormwater recycling systems,cycling facilities and a series of car parking spaces for a fleet of electric and hybrid cars aimed at a building car pool.

Courtesy of Investa / Photographer: Gerrit Fokkema

Creating a 3D building model has on-going applications for the management and maintenance of property assets. All of Ark’s intellectual property built within the Building Information Model can now be used as a centralised source to manage and maximise building performance now and into the future.

Current tenants Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) Australian Worldwide Exploration (AWE) and Regus are fortunate to have panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, across the City and to the Blue Mountains.

Courtesy of Investa / Photographer: Gerrit Fokkema

Darren Tims, Principal of Rice Daubney talking about this project and their decision to move to GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD over 10 years ago:

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  • John-David Carling

    What do Archicad users use for the BIM portions of MEP, Struct, and Civil?

    • P

      Graphisoft provides MEP designer, structural and civi engineering softwares, not only architectural.

  • stephan langella

    anything that exports an IFC can be brought into ArchiCAD and vice versa. You can also export to NWC for Navisworks.

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