Architectural Heliostat System lights up One Central Park

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9 December 2013
Architectural Heliostat System lights up One Central Park
The architectural heliostat system is a significant leap towards sustainable living in Sydney.

The iconic One Central Park, located on Broadway in Sydney’s Chippendale, opened on the doors to its multi-level retail hub, Central, on 31 October, with a flood of urban dwellers exploring its world-class amenities and features.

One of the focal points of One Central Park is the 320 reflective mirror panels hinged beneath the cantilever which extends from level 29 of the East tower and weighs over 100 tonne. Additionally, on the rooftop of the West tower stand 40 motorised heliostats managed by sun-tracking technology that use precision and timing to reflect light to the reflector mirror panels on the cantilever.

Natural sunlight is beamed down into the heart of the retail centre, creating a naturally lit shopping experience for its residents and visitors. Light will also be reflected towards other areas of the Central Park precinct such as the parklands and outdoor pool.

As an additional feature, each mirrored panel on the cantilever is fitted with coloured LED’s that allow for a colourful and theatrical expression of visual art.

The architectural heliostat system is a significant leap towards sustainable living not only in Sydney, but potentially across many global regions where lighting is scarce and shading issues abound. The integrated technology not only meets today’s needs for natural lighting, but also presents a vividly artistic structure that is prominent both day and night.

"We have created what we think to be a very exciting and engaging environment," Frasers Property Australia chief executive officer Guy Pahor says. "We’re taking Sydney’s abundant sunshine and redirecting it to where it’s needed most."

French lighting artist Yann Kersale was commissioned to create a permanent lighting artwork in the 320 individual mirrors on the cantilever. His video artwork, ‘Sea Mirror’, reflects the patterns and colours of Sydney and was launched on 5 December.

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