Heads up, this is not the only time a building apart of the Barangaroo development will be mentioned in this list. Coming to life through Lendlease in collaboration with esteemed Italian architect Renzo Piano, the smaller of the two towers will be Sydney’s tenth tallest building. Creator of London’s Spire and regarded as one of the most admired and championed architects of the modern era, Piano has drawn comparisons to Michelangelo and da Vinci for his impact to the Arts. Laying claim to this world-class vision, Lendlease’s 68-story project will be a collaboration of elegance and sustainability.
9. 6 & 8 Parramatta Square (233 metres tall)
Located in the heart of Western Sydney, the construction of 6 & 8 Parramatta Square will deliver the largest commercial office building in the nation, measured by gross floor area. The entire office precinct will total more than 290,000 square metres of net area and potentially start the creation of another CBD. As one of the nation’s most rapidly growing areas over the past decade, the plan to pump $8 billion into Western Sydney over the next four years and the new square will serve as a cultural hub for the new age.
8. Greenland Centre (237 metres tall)
Promising to deliver a 6-star experience, the Greenland Centre will deliver luxury that is difficult to match across the world. Providing panoramic views from the CBD to the Blue Mountains, the BVN and Woods Bagot project will rise to 67 stories once complete. Glass fronted balconies will deliver a clean and graceful finish, leaving the occupants in awe without harshly interjecting the elements. The Greenland Centre presents convenient yet luxurious living with luxury retail stores, 5-level ‘creative hub’, 30-metre outdoor pool and gym.
7. Deutsche Bank Place (240 metres tall)
Protruding from the Sydney skyline with its distinctive stepped profile, Deutsche Bank Place is far from the building it was intended to be decades ago. The spires have often been noted as disproportionately long and an intended biosphere was to be placed in the exoskeleton. Despite both features needing adjustments due to costing and council requests, architecture firm Foster and Partners – creators of Apple Park – delivered a distinctive and functional build that maximises what was logistically a challenging project. An atrium that invites light into the building and an ‘assembly’ ground level are two of the most distinctive features of the build.
6. Citigroup Centre (243 metres tall)
The Citigroup Centre is one of Sydney’s most prestigious office towers. Awarded with Excellence in Construction by the Master Builders Association upon completion in 2001, the site offers flexibility, convenience and accessibility that few buildings in the city can claim to compete with. Across the 55 levels, there is 74,000 square metres of office space available providing a column-free, large open floor plan interior that can be customised to the tenet’s preferences. At the doorstep of all the amenities the city has to offer and merely a stone throw away from Hyde Park, the building has smart glass technology amongst other sustainable features that preserves its space in the skyline for decades to come.
5. Chifley Tower (244 metres tall)
Brought to fruition with the investment of the late Alan Bond, Chifley Tower is located on one of the most expensive sites in the nation. Purchased for $306 million ($707 million when adjusted for inflation), this tall building occupies almost the entire block. The build was inspired by New York architecture and encapsulates the sail of Bond’s America’s Cup yacht. With the exteriors comprising of sandstone, marble and steel, the building is a luxurious home to a plethora of financial institutions, law firms and corporations.
4. One Sydney Harbour Tower 1 (247 metres tall)
The taller of the One Sydney Harbour Tower developments has overwhelmingly resonated with the market, obliterating the record for the highest penthouse sale in Australia at $140 million, $80 million more than the previous record. Tower 1 is delivering boutique residency with single room residences selling at over $3 million. Lofty prices have not been an issue for Lendlease as residential sales for the tower is already at $1 billion worth of purchases. With completion imminent, the project as a part of the wider Barangaroo development will deliver a level of unprecedented quality that will not spare any expenses.
3. Salesforce Tower Sydney (263 metres tall)
As the tallest office building in Sydney rising over 50 stories, the Salesforce Tower will occupy prime real estate in the city on the doorstep of Circular Quay. Occupying 24 stories of the building, American software company Salesforce is endeavouring to erect a sustainable structure by 2022. Continuing to implement their vision upon the Sydney skyline, Foster and Partners are the brains of the design process and have envisaged the creation of a 6-star Green Star Design, the pinnacle of sustainable design measurement.
2. 505 George Street (270 metres tall)
Approved for construction early 2020, 505 George Street promises to enhance the vision of the next evolution of Sydney that was originally founded on the design principles of sustainability, efficiency and openness. Over 80 stories tall and home to 507 apartments, the development will feature a common trend in sustainable developments by featuring a multi-purpose podium for public use including boutique cinemas, retail and restaurants. An eye-catching statement piece in the city’s metropolis, the construction commissioned by Mirvac promises to redefine the mid-city precinct.
1. Crown Sydney (271 metres tall)
Emerging from the Barangaroo shoreline, Crown Sydney is a project of immense proportions that have arguably never been seen before in Australia. Having to gripe with controversy throughout its development amidst local and sociological concerns attached to gambling, the multi-billion-dollar tower has been sculptured to resemble three petals twisting for the sun. Created by the architects that brought Gateshead’s Millennium Bridge to life - Wilkinson Eyre - the project will bring the best of the best to Sydney. Crown Sydney brings 14 new restaurants and bars owned by some of the most esteemed names in the culinary business, which are just a few of the world class amenities offered.
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(Image sources: ArchitectureAU, Greenland Group Australia, Xmirus, KONE, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Build Sydney, Architectus)