Grimshaw has revealed plans for an office tower overlooking Sydney Harbour, which will comprise three distinct sections and a curving roofline that references the vaulted shells of the nearby Opera House.
London-based Grimshaw designed the AU$90 million (US$72 million) scheme for a plot spanning 210-220 George Street.
The tower, which will take the name of the lot, will be bounded by Alfred, Pitt, and Daley Streets, an area just inland from the Circular Quay harbor.
The building’s three interlinking sections give it the appearance of not one, but three towers. The two tallest elements – one completely glazed, the other consisting of opaque blockwork – will span 26 stories and be joined by chunky expressed slabs. The third element, a lower-rise block, will feature double-height floors framed by arching fins of concrete. Terraces cantilevered from its facade will face onto George Street.
Grimshaw's design is intended to appeal to the "millennial worker" that the newly developing district aims to attract – innovators in the creative, technology, and finance sectors.
"Sydney is uniquely placed to attract and retain 21st-century talent,” said Grimshaw managing partner Andrew Cortese. “We see the opportunity to create a leading-edge workplace that inspires the day-to-day working lives of its occupants, enlivens the public realm, and adds vibrancy to city life."
Taller towers flanking the site will block many of the views towards the harbor, but a room set at the top of the glazed section offers a glimpse of the Opera House.
A double-height lobby and shopping area will be set in the base of the tower adjoining George Street, while plans for the basement may include a public art gallery, as well as restaurants and bars that aim to offer a "thriving nighttime economy."
Construction on the scheme, by Sydney-based property developer Poly Australia, is due to begin in early 2019 and complete in 2022.
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