The General is the first residential building in Australia to use photovoltaic glass on a facade, providing high-quality, sustainable architecture in thriving Northcote.

The General offers a coordinated approach to public and private interests by combining the community interest into a forward-thinking project for Cedar Group (the developer) which shows initiative and leadership in the architectural field.

The General’s memorable design is built upon approximately 2,087sqm of land over six titles and comprises of 87 apartments across eight storeys with three levels of underground basement to service them. Furthermore, the first two levels are dedicated to mixed-used spaces to accommodate street-frontage restaurants, retail stores and offices. Level three sees a large setback carried all the way to the seventh level terrace, perched well above the treeline featuring a communal gym and unhindered views of the CBD. 

We are pioneering new European Onyx Glass technology for solar collection on The General, which nurtures the innovation and experimentation of sustainability for the rest of Australia. 

Being the first of its kind in size and sustainable solutions for the area, The General’s generous apartments for comfortable living and energy consumption minimisation strategy is now a precedent for other developments in the area, and it aims to encourage and inspire other sustainable developments in the future.

About the Awards

The Sustainability Awards is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious awards program dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating excellence in sustainable design and architecture. Nominations received are shortlisted and then winners for each category are announced at a five-star Gala evening hosted this year at the Star, Sydney on 11 October 2018. The daytime event Sustainability Live is a CPD-endorsed education event where industry experts present a range of topics to educate, inform and ignite learning.

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