Foster and Partners, Cox Architecture design central Sydney tower

The north tower of Sydney’s Pitt Street over-station development, designed by Foster and Partners with Cox Architecture, has been submitted for planning assessment.

Rising to 39 storeys, the tower will house 47,800 square metres of offices, along with 1,290 square metres of retail and hospitality space.

It is one of two towers being built above the Metro station. The other being a build-to-rent apartment tower design by Bates Smart, also 39 storeys.

The design approach for the office tower, according to planning documents, was to to reset the tower massing and roof volume to its simplest form.

“Our intent has been to visually integrate the station with the OSD,” the architects state. “We developed an aesthetic concept where the centreline of the station entrance is used to articulate the tower above.

“This evolved design uses the centreline to divide the tower and podium into two distinct volumes on Park Street – one inclined to open a view to Hyde Park and one inclined to open a view to Town Hall thereby responding to and seeking to reinforce the urban character of the Town Hall precinct.”

Lead developer for the development, Oxford Properties, says it hopes to complete both towers in 2023 before metro services begin 2024.

A development application for the Bates Smart build-to-rent tower is already under consideration.

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