The construction of the record-breaking Atlassian HQ hybrid wooden tower | from SHoP starts news


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SHoP has begun work on the 39-story Australian Atlassian HQ project, which will eventually hold the title of the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower upon completion in 2026.

The project for local Sydney developer Dexus combines solid wood elements with a diagonal tubular steel exoskeleton and offset glass envelope to achieve a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions throughout the 112,000 square meter (1.2 million square foot) structure. It is set to become the anchor of Sydney’s new Tech Central district and will be powered entirely by renewable energy sources, according to Built, the Australian company acting as one of two prime contractors for the $1.4 billion construction.

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SHoP explains: “The tower is divided into six discrete but interconnected ‘living spaces’. Each four-story habitat is a free-standing solid wood structure supported by an efficient steel exoskeleton. There is a naturally ventilated zone on each level, similar to an outdoor garden.”

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“The open garden spaces are key to the tower’s exceptional environmental innovation and reduced carbon footprint. The functional facades take advantage of Sydney’s temperate climate and allow large areas of each floor to function without mechanical cooling and air handling.”

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In addition to serving as the tech giant’s new headquarters, SHoP will reserve five floors for the operations of the popular YHA Australia hotel service. The designers say this element, combined with the green program and connection to Sydney Central Station, uniquely positions the development as a “new model for other global cities in tackling the twin challenges of climate crisis and civic cohesion”.

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“Atlassian represents both a great challenge and an opportunity for us,” said Brett Mason, CEO of Built. “There is nothing typical about this project. It was designed and developed to be a proof of concept of what the future should be of buildings that have a low environmental impact in both construction and operation and create workspaces with a people-first mentality.”

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