This design excellence competition submission to the City of Sydney offered the opportunity to reinvigorate a prime site in the Sydney CBD on behalf of our client Charter Hall.
Located at the key pedestrian junction of Martin Place and Regimental Square, the site forms a critical ‘hinge point’ in the urban grain of the city. Our design created and strengthened visual and pedestrian connections to the network of intimate laneways and spaces.
The building’s mass and scale directly responds to its context by raising the office floors up on expressed structural columns to reflect important street level datum lines established by the neighbouring heritage building’s stone facades. This configuration also creates a significant multi storey retail tenancy in the heart of the George Street luxury brand precinct, completely glazed to provide views of the retail spaces within.
The façade design comprises a sheer triple glazed curtain wall system and similarly responds to the sandstone heritage buildings opposite by incorporating softened curved corners and indented articulation every three floors. It offers tenants a clean, legible interior with floor to ceiling glazing, making the building appear lighter and more transparent in particular lighting conditions and particularly at night.
The primary services core has been located on the north side of the building to protect the building from solar gain and to provide a buffer to the future development site immediately adjacent. Carparking, retail loading docks and service spaces are located in the basement.