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Australian Development of the Year achieved with ArchiCAD

Award-winning commercial project in Australia uses ArchiCAD to achieve its aims.


An award-winning design in Australia was completed using Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD BIM software. Rice Daubney’s fully integrated ArchiCAD BIM project is chosen as the Australian Development of the Year by the Australian Urban Taskforce for 2010.

The Ark Building, breaks boundaries, challenges traditions and sets new design benchmarks for its integrated design approach between design consultants, owners and contractors. In addition to its bold new architectural form, with its dramatic folded shapes, the building excels in environmental terms reaching a 6 star Green Star rating  via innovative “green design” measures such as the collection and recycling of rainwater.

Ark is a testimony to the benefits of a true and complete BIM environment–from initial design and conceptualization through to the construction process and the end management of the building. “BIM continues to change the way our industry works and collaborates; virtual construction is the future and Ark is the first completed commercial high-rise building in Australia where all contractors have truly collaborated using BIM,” says Paul Reidy, Director of Design at Rice Daubney.

Rex Van Katwyk, engineer of Taylor Thomson Whitting, the structural consultant firm of the project adds, “This was the first time we used ArchiCAD and we had no issues at all building and sharing the structural model. It proved a very powerful and easy to use package.”

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