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Sydney's shimmering One Central Park takes top honors at 2014 LEAF Awards

One Central Park in Sydney has been named the overall winner of the 2014 LEAF Awards
One Central Park in Sydney has been named the overall winner of the 2014 LEAF Awards
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One Central Park in Sydney has been named the overall winner of the 2014 LEAF Awards
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One Central Park in Sydney has been named the overall winner of the 2014 LEAF Awards
Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
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Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
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Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
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Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
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Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
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Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
Refurbishment of the Year: CoCo Architecture and Atelier RK, BIG Library, Gourdon, France
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Refurbishment of the Year: CoCo Architecture and Atelier RK, BIG Library, Gourdon, France
Refurbishment of the Year: CoCo Architecture and Atelier RK, BIG Library, Gourdon, France
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Refurbishment of the Year: CoCo Architecture and Atelier RK, BIG Library, Gourdon, France
Refurbishment of the Year: CoCo Architecture and Atelier RK, BIG Library, Gourdon, France
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Refurbishment of the Year: CoCo Architecture and Atelier RK, BIG Library, Gourdon, France
Refurbishment of the Year: CoCo Architecture and Atelier RK, BIG Library, Gourdon, France
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Refurbishment of the Year: CoCo Architecture and Atelier RK, BIG Library, Gourdon, France
Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
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Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
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Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
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Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
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Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
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Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Occupancy: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
Mixed-Use Building of the Year: Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Esas Aeropark, Istanbul, Turkey
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Mixed-Use Building of the Year: Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Esas Aeropark, Istanbul, Turkey
Mixed-Use Building of the Year: Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Esas Aeropark, Istanbul, Turkey
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Mixed-Use Building of the Year: Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Esas Aeropark, Istanbul, Turkey
Mixed-Use Building of the Year: Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Esas Aeropark, Istanbul, Turkey
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Mixed-Use Building of the Year: Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Esas Aeropark, Istanbul, Turkey
Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Residential Building of the Year - Single Occupancy: studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Commercial Building of the Year: studio mk27, cultura bookstore, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Commercial Building of the Year: studio mk27, cultura bookstore, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Commercial Building of the Year: studio mk27, cultura bookstore, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Commercial Building of the Year: studio mk27, cultura bookstore, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Commercial Building of the Year: studio mk27, cultura bookstore, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Commercial Building of the Year: studio mk27, cultura bookstore, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Commercial Building of the Year: studio mk27, cultura bookstore, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Commercial Building of the Year: studio mk27, cultura bookstore, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Public Building of the Year: O’Donnell + Tuomey / London School of Economics and Political Science, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London, UK
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Public Building of the Year: O’Donnell + Tuomey / London School of Economics and Political Science, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London, UK
Public Building of the Year: O’Donnell + Tuomey / London School of Economics and Political Science, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London, UK
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Public Building of the Year: O’Donnell + Tuomey / London School of Economics and Political Science, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London, UK
Public Building of the Year: O’Donnell + Tuomey / London School of Economics and Political Science, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London, UK
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Public Building of the Year: O’Donnell + Tuomey / London School of Economics and Political Science, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London, UK
Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Special Commendation: INUCE AG, Dirk U. Moench, Luoyuan Church, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
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Special Commendation: INUCE AG, Dirk U. Moench, Luoyuan Church, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
Special Commendation: INUCE AG, Dirk U. Moench, Luoyuan Church, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
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Special Commendation: INUCE AG, Dirk U. Moench, Luoyuan Church, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
Special Commendation: INUCE AG, Dirk U. Moench, Luoyuan Church, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
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Special Commendation: INUCE AG, Dirk U. Moench, Luoyuan Church, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
Special Commendation: INUCE AG, Dirk U. Moench, Luoyuan Church, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
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Special Commendation: INUCE AG, Dirk U. Moench, Luoyuan Church, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
Urban Design of the Year: Maisam Architects & Engineers, A Gateway to Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
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Urban Design of the Year: Maisam Architects & Engineers, A Gateway to Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
Urban Design of the Year: Maisam Architects & Engineers, A Gateway to Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
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Urban Design of the Year: Maisam Architects & Engineers, A Gateway to Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
Urban Design of the Year: Maisam Architects & Engineers, A Gateway to Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
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Urban Design of the Year: Maisam Architects & Engineers, A Gateway to Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
Best Future Building of the Year - Under Construction: Aedas, Mongkok Residence, Hong Kong
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Best Future Building of the Year - Under Construction: Aedas, Mongkok Residence, Hong Kong
Best Future Building of the Year - Under Construction: Aedas, Mongkok Residence, Hong Kong
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Best Future Building of the Year - Under Construction: Aedas, Mongkok Residence, Hong Kong
Best Future Building of the Year - Under Construction: Aedas, Mongkok Residence, Hong Kong
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Best Future Building of the Year - Under Construction: Aedas, Mongkok Residence, Hong Kong
International Interior Design Award: Wilmotte & Associés SA, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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International Interior Design Award: Wilmotte & Associés SA, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
International Interior Design Award: Wilmotte & Associés SA, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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International Interior Design Award: Wilmotte & Associés SA, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
International Interior Design Award: Wilmotte & Associés SA, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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International Interior Design Award: Wilmotte & Associés SA, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Hospitality Building of the Year: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa

Having caused a stir when its trademark 110-tonne (121-ton) heliostat frame was lifted into place, Sydney's One Central Park is back in the news. The striking building has been named the overall winner of the 2014 LEAF Awards. Its heliostat was cited as the main reason for its success.

The LEAF Awards seek to honor buildings that are setting benchmarks for the international architecture and design community. The awards were established by Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) International and are given annually. This year's judge panel comprised Carlo Castelli (AECOM), Alan Crawford (Crawford Partnership), Firas Hnoosh (BDP), Božana Komljenovic (Zaha Hadid), Rysia Suchecka (NBBJ) and Lev Libeskind (Daniel Libeskind).

One Central Park was entered into the "best sustainable development of the year" category, going on to win both the category and the overall prize. The judges argued that its use of sustainable technology, including a central thermal plant and a water recycling plant, were enough to set it aside from its competition alone.

Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
Overall Winner & Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

However, they pointed to its "astonishing cantilevered Heliostat with its array of adjustable mirrors forming a shimmering canopy," along with its vertical gardens and green terraces, which give the building a a hi-tech tree-house feel, as the real triumphs of its design.

Mixed-Use Building of the Year: Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Esas Aeropark, Istanbul, Turkey
Mixed-Use Building of the Year: Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Esas Aeropark, Istanbul, Turkey

Awards were presented in a total of twelve different categories. The Esas Aeropark in Turkey was named "mixed use building of the year," with its use of blocks to provide shelter and maximize exposure to sunlight. The Steyn City Club House in South Africa was named "hospitality building of the year" and was recognized for being both functional and sustainable.

Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Best Future Building of the Year - Drawing Board: MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The "best future building of the year" was split into "drawing board" and "under construction" categories. The "drawing board" category was awarded to the Ring House in Saudi Arabia for its circular design and the "under construction" category was awarded to the Mongkok Residence apartment block in Hong Kong for its efficient use of space, provision of unobstructed views from its apartments and green wall.

You can see pictures of all the winners in the gallery.

Source: LEAF Awards

1 comment
John Banister
I wish you had used the second photo from the article as the lead photo here. The first is more impressive, but it looks so much like a render that my mind automatically discounts its reality.
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