Author: David Rowlinson
Article first appeared in The Urban Developer
The building, which will be called Daramu House meaning “tree house” in the local Aboriginal language, will consist of more than 10,000 square metres of commercial floor space and around 680 square metres of retail.
Daramu House is designed by Australian architect Alec Tzannes. On Friday, it was announced that Tzannes was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour – the 2018 Gold Medal.
The construction of Daramu comes after the completion of Australia’s first engineered timber office building in 2017, the International House Sydney also in Barangaroo, and marks Lendlease’s sixth engineered timber building in Australia.
Construction of the Daramu tower, which will front Hickson Road, will include responsibly sourced timber as well as roof-top planting to capture rain, and solar photo-voltaic cells to supply power to the precinct.
Barangaroo South managing director Rob Deck says Lendlease is committed to achieving sustainable solutions with Barangaroo South already attaining Australia’s first 6-star Green Star Communities rating and WELL Certification.
“With engineering by Lendlease’s DesignMake business, Daramu House will offer ground level retail tenancies, six floors of office space constructed from cross laminated timber and glulam (glue laminated timber), a building material with a structural strength akin to concrete and steel,” Deck said.
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