Sir Nicholas Grimshaw’s eponymous global architecture firm as won a second design competition in Sydney’s George Street, this time Grimshaw’s designs were chosen for the redevelopment of 210-220 George Street, part of the massive precinct emerging at the Circular Quay end.
The $90 million 26-storey workplace follows on from the recently completed 333 George Street for Charter Hall.
The firm has also designed Australia’s tallest building, Aspire Tower, which is proposed for Parramatta, in Sydney’s west, but in the meantime, is busy working on the Martin Place Metro USP for Macquarie Bank and the southeast light rail.
The 210-220 George St project for Poly Australia is part of a group of buildings planned to what’s known as the APDG block — bounded by Alfred, Pitt, Dalley and George streets — including a $1.5 billion skyscraper by Foster + Partners for Lendlease.
Grimshaw managing partner Andrew Cortese said the compact site, flanked on three sides by significantly taller buildings meant they focused on the workplace and its appeal to millennials
“The 26-storey workplace is proposed as communities of 90 to 120 people, across twin floorplates. The larger floors within the low-rise present as double height, arching cantilevered terraces opening onto George Street,” he said.
“Within the high-rise, the smaller floors contain a suspended mezzanine with sunlit double height volumes.
“The west facing George street facade is composed of vaulting arched cantilevers and expressive concrete soffits, which address and engage the public realm.”
Construction of the tower is due to begin in early 2019, with completion expected in 2022.
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