Fresh details describing the "world-class design" for 8 Phillip Street in Western Sydney have emerged, along with new renderings. Poised to rise 56 stories in Parramatta, Sydney's second business district, the landmark development by Coronation Property and Woods Bagot will contain 314 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, plus exclusive penthouses.
A mesh-embedded glass cladding system aims to accentuate the twisting rhomboid form of the tower, which will also feature windbreak balconies that allow residents to customize their outdoor living areas. The lower levels of the tower will include a boutique QT Hotel, with 205 standard deluxe rooms, 50 executive deluxe rooms, and two QT suites accompanying a restaurant, spa, meeting spaces, and a 200-person ballroom. This designer hotel will sport a three-story lobby void served by a staircase drawn from Louis Vuitton's Vienna outlet.
The rooftop will house the “Studio 54” bar – the highest of its kind in Sydney – with room for 600 patrons. A rooftop garden will also host a variety of contemporary native Australian species, including mature trees. On the ground floor, residents will enter their designated entrance via the heritage-listed St. Andrew's Hall, a 1926-built structure that is integrated into the skyscraper's base.
"We made the bold move of integrating St. Andrew's Hall directly into this magnificent contemporary building, with the development poised to sit atop the existing hall, and its inherent internal structure to be the feature of a stunning new residential entrance," said Woods Bagot Director Domenic Alvaro. "Also, the spire of St. Andrew's Church is reflected in the design of the building's lower levels and is echoed in views of the building from all approaches, thus making the heritage structure the hero of the area."
Set for completion in 2020, the development is one of the city's biggest yet, and Coronation Property is banking on the project setting the tone for mixed-use apartment towers to come.
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