Famed British architects Foster + Partners are designing a $1.5 billion skyscraper for Sydney's Circular Quay

An artist’s impression of Circular Quay Tower. Source: Lendlease

Developers Lendlease have chosen British architecture firm Foster + Partners – best known for the Norman Foster designed HSBC building in Hong Kong, ‘The Gherkin’ in London, and Deutsche Bank Place in Sydney – as the designer for what’s being billed as Sydney’s tallest office tower.

Circular Quay Tower at 180 George Street could be up to 263 metres tall – 19 metres more than the current record-holder for an office building, Chifley Tower, while Sydney Tower remains the city’s tallest building at 309 metres.

The area between Pitt and George Streets sits beside the former Goldfields House, which is currently being demolished by developers Dalian Wanda Group in a $1 billion project featuring residential and hotel towers (pictured in the foreground of the image above).

Lendlease’s Circular Quay precinct will also include a low-rise community building, a large public plaza fronting George Street and a secondary plaza on Rugby Place, as well as a network of pedestrian laneways with shops, cafes and bars.

Lendlease’s Urban Regeneration managing director Mark Menhinnitt, said the Foster + Partners’ design offered a spectacular landmark and also reinvigorates George Street with two new plazas.

An artist’s impression of Circular Quay Tower. Source: Lendlease

Foster + Partners head of studio Gerard Evenden, who led the design team, said the project will reshape the northern end of the city.

“We wanted Circular Quay Tower and its surroundings to be of its place, taking advantage of its topography and unique location near Sydney Harbour,” he said.

The tower’s façade features a series of external cross-braces derived from structural stress diagrams, with the south façade broken into three bays with the concrete cores ‘book-ending’ the three transparent banks of lifts that animate the façade.

“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,” Evenden said.

Local architectural firm, Stewart Hollenstein, was also selected by Lendlease to remodel the Jacksons on George site as part of the redevelopment.

A Development Application for the site is expected to be submitted later this year.

Lendlease confirmed Ping An Real Estate and Mitsubishi Estate Asia as development partners in the project.

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