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420 George Street
Sydney

In 2003 Bates Smart won a City of Sydney Design Excellence competition for a new commercial tower and retail podium at 420 George Street. The $280 million project consists of 36 tower levels comprising 28 office levels, 4 retail levels, 2 basement car park levels, 2 plant levels. The development also includes a new commercial lobby with 5 storey atrium and 4 level retail podium.

The challenge was to insert a large scale mixed-use building incorporating retail and commercial space seamlessly into the fabric of a city. We have created a highly contemporary addition to the city that respects its historic neighbours and provides an active public mid-block link.

The tower is expressed as two contrasting volumes expressing its side core parti. A solid granite volume houses the core and a transparent glazed volume houses the floorplates which are expressed as ‘trays’ suspended between two planes of glass. A 10 storey atrium is created adjacent to Dymock’s to provide privacy and light access; resulting in a low-rise a campus office.

The retail podium is an uncompromisingly modern insertion into the streetscape that references its historic neighbours. The facade reinterprets the cornices and vertical masonry proportioning of the adjoining heritage buildings in a contemporary language.

A genuinely public mid-block link creates a direct connection between Pitt and George Streets. The office lobby and entries to the mid-block link are expressed as urban rooms, defined by sandstone blade walls, which provide a transition to the scale of the city.

A 5 Green Star Design Rating has been achieved.



Client:
Fortius Funds Management & Lend Lease

Area:
46,000sqm (NLA)

Completion:
October 2010

Awards:
  • AIA NSW Architecture Awards, The Sir Arthur G Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture 2011 
  • MBA NSW Excellence in Construction Awards, Commercial Building $50M+, Winner 2011
  • Urban Taskforce, Development Excellence Award for Commercial Development 2011
  • City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition, Winner 2003

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