New Architecture in Sydney Contending for a Place Among the Icons: Part I

Located on the east coast of Australia and situated on the water, Sydney is a stunning harbor city. As Australia’s leading metropolis, Sydney is the go-to destination for international corporations, tourists, and students. The city is not characterized by any one architecture style, but by a juxtaposition of architecture that spans the breadth of the region’s brief 200-year history.

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Sydney is well known for its iconic buildings and structures, home to the Sydney Opera House by Jorn Utzon, the Sydney Harbor Bridge by Dorman Long and Co., Australia Square by Harry Seidler, Aurora Place by Renzo Piano, and Sydney Tower by Donald Crone.

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In recent years, Sydney has evolved, and new architecture icons are emerging in locations throughout the city. This roundup presents the attractions now under construction or recently completed.

1. Darling Square (under construction) by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) + others.

The Darling Square development seeks to set a new standard for urban living, one that promotes health, well-being, and liveability. The project contains public areas, commercial and retail space, laneways, and 1,400 apartments.

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2. Barangaroo Redevelopment (under construction) by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners + others.

Formerly a disused container port, the Barangaroo redevelopment seeks to return the waterfront to Sydney’s residents. The $6 billion project includes 15 acres of open space, new and extended transit infrastructure, commercial office towers, and residential apartments.

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3. 20 Martin Place
 (under construction) by Crone Partners in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates.

20 Martin Place is the refurbishment of an existing 1974 steel structure building, presenting the opportunity to rebrand and reposition the building. The building is re-skinned with a high performance and environmentally responsive facade system. The commercial floor plate has been extended to the north and the core relocated. The ground floor has been redesigned to enhance pedestrian amenity and activation.

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4. 48-50 Martin Place (completed 2014) by Johnson Pilton Walker.

48-50 Martin Place is a contemporary rooftop addition and extensive internal transformation to an existing heritage building owned by Macquarie Bank. A new 10-story atrium connects the ground floor and rooftop addition containing new conference facilities, client meeting spaces, and event spaces overlooking Sydney.

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5. 333 George Street (under construction) by Crone Partners in collaboration withGrimshaw Architects.

333 George Street encompasses the development of a new 18-story mixed-use office and retail tower. The building features a curvaceous glass and steel facade alongside historic stone structures. Internal and external open spaces and a roof terrace offer high levels of natural light, integration between interior and exterior functions, and adaptable spaces. Learn more about 333 George Street here.

08Image via Grimshaw Architects.

6. 33 Bligh Street (under construction) 
by Fitzpatrick and Partners in collaboration with Kannfinch.

33 Bligh Street is the development of a new $60 million electricity substation for the city combined with a $70 million commercial building. The substation is treated as a highly sculptured podium that respectfully responds to its more historic neighbors, located atop is a new commercial tower containing 26 levels including new offices, lobbies, gardens, and other horticultural features. The commercial tower facade is pushed and pulled at each level.

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