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Tallest Residential Tower in Southern Hemisphere Designed in ARCHICAD

NFK meets deadlines of fast-track WorldTower project thanks to 3D Virtual Building™ model

BUDAPEST/SYDNEY, July 12, 2001 - Architects Nation Fender Katsalidis (NFK), known for their award-winning residential and commercial high-rise designs marking Australian cityscapes, used ARCHICAD® exclusively to plan and document the 81-story WorldTower for Sydney.

The Melbourne/Sydney-based NFK was awarded the job through a competition held by developer Meriton Apartments to design what will be the tallest residential tower in the Southern Hemisphere. When complete, the building will spike 230 meters above Sydney's central business district, with a seven-story underground carpark, and an eight-level aboveground commercial space topped by 650 apartments.

The project was fast tracked due to streetscape deadlines surrounding the Sydney 2000 Olympics, so development approval was needed only two months after the firm won the contract. With builder Grocon on board, construction began in August 2000. "It was clear to us from the start that only the most productive software solution would allow a relatively small team to meet target dates for such a large project," explains Bob Nation, principal and design director.

According to architect and CAD coordinator Steven Smit, ARCHICAD was the only AEC solution capable of handling the planning and documentation of many different unit types, floor plate variations and the development of a complex superstructure, simultaneously in one file. They were able to work seamlessly with structural engineers Connell Mott Macdonald on complex and critical 3D structure issues, including angled tower columns, using the ARCHICAD model.

Construction of the WorldTower has already reached the 26th story, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2002.