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Melbourne Architecture Firm Wins Parramatta Tower Design Competition

Sydney, Australia – 12 September 2017

A design by architecture firm Fender Katsalidis, which drew its inspiration from the nearby Parramatta River, has been selected for GPT Group’s 26,000-square-meter office tower at 32 Smith Street in Parramatta.

A Parramatta City Council Design Competition jury chose the design, which will feature a ground-level “urban room” event space, an elevated podium terrace facing the Parramatta River, and a tree-covered sky deck with panoramic views.

Fender Katsalidis Principal Mark Curzon said: “We are incredibly proud to have won this important design competition. This amazing project will redefine office design in Parramatta, setting a new benchmark for workplace design, sustainability, and public benefit, in a beautiful way.”

The design approach for 32 Smith Street can be distilled to several key elements, which conspire to deliver a compelling urban response to the surrounding context. The project aims to recognize the site’s gateway responsibilities, connecting the city to the river and uniting the existing street wall into one cohesive, dynamic public realm and commercial environment.

“We have been working in Parramatta for some time and it is great news that GPT has the foresight to commit to a project of design excellence for this important site,” said Fender Katsalidis Director Rob Mirams.

Construction on 32 Smith Street is planned to commence by mid-2018, with project completion in 2020.

For more on this story, go to Fender Katsalidis’ website.

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