Sydney’s self-watering civic centre20 September 2016
The architectural vision for the new Ryde Civic Centre in Sydney brings civic functions and the natural environment into play in a smart, sustainable way. Proposed by international design studio Eureka, the architectural plans show how the site’s unique topography can be used to create a self-sustaining built environment eco-system.
In the west, the site behaves as an ecosystem – a park and resting zone for the residents. Meanwhile the eastern side rises up to meet commercial development in an active and hybrid zone.
The sloping nature of the site enabled the team to create a system that minimises climate and environmental impact. A series of ponds are integrated into the design which slopes north to south to collect and store rainwater. This is then guided along a primary, secondary, and reuse system. The grey water is intended to maintain the vegetation throughout the park and the building’s proposed green façade.
The façade is built up of a felt living wall system, which helps to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. An irrigation system enables natural growth in a dynamic response to climate weather, and as the density of plants and trees increases, a higher insulation value is established.
All in all, the design demonstrates a new-vision approach to synthesizing natural systems in a unique relationship between nature and resources.