Foster + Partners has won a competition to design a new office tower as part of an urban precinct that is set to reinvigorate part of Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay area. Located between George and Pitt streets – near to the city’s famous harbor – the Circular Quay Tower scheme is characterized by a network of pedestrian laneways that criss-cross the site at different levels. The laneways will be lined with shops, cafés, and bars, celebrating Sydney as a unique destination.
Foster + Partners Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner Gerard Evenden, who led the design team, remarked: “We wanted Circular Quay Tower and its surroundings to be of its place, taking advantage of its topography and unique location near Sydney Harbour. The tower will be the centerpiece of an urban regeneration precinct that will reshape the northern end of the CBD into a vibrant community contributing to Sydney’s status as a global city.”
The tower also makes a distinctive contribution to Sydney’s skyline with its innovative façade – a series of external cross-braces derived from structural stress diagrams. The southern façade is broken down into three bays, with the concrete cores “book-ending” the three transparent banks of lifts that animate the façade. The entire elevation is vertically articulated to modulate its visual impact on the skyline. The expressed structure also allows flexibility in interior layouts, with the core offset to one side.
“The innovative workspaces at Circular Quay Tower are flexibly designed to support new ways of working in the 21st century, so that anyone from a new start-up to large companies can enjoy this fabulous urban location. We are delighted that the jury concurred with our design vision and look forward eagerly to the next stages of the project,” Evenden added.
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