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DA submitted for Ingehoven and Architectus’ George St skyscraper

A development application for an 80-storey tower on Sydney’s George Street designed by Ingehoven and Architectus has been submitted for consideration by the City of Sydney.

The 270-metre tower will feature a slender, curving profile and is described by the developer as an “environmentally and socially sustainable future-oriented development.”

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The two practices previously collaborated on the 1 Bligh Street commercial tower in Sydney’s CBD, which received a number of awards, including the Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture at the 2012 National Architecture Awards.

The application calls for a tower that is primarily residential, with a five-storey mixed-use podium and an eight-level basement topped with 75 apartment floors. The plans also include a childcare facility owned and operated by the City of Sydney, and a “community meeting facility dedicated to council.”

The tower would include 507 apartments in total – some of these would be used as short-term accommodation for a limited, 20-year period. The top floor would be occupied by a restaurant and bar.

The site is currently occupied by a cinema complex. The application calls for a “boutique” cinema within the new tower podium.

The design was the winner of an invited competition that concluded in 2018. Other entries were submitted by Bates Smart, Foster and Partners, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) in partnership with Crone and Wilkinson Eyre.

The jury said the Ingehoven and Architectus entry was chosen because of its “compelling clarity and elegance as a timeless and poetic new addition to the Sydney skyline and as an urban response at ground level.

“Overall, the design is exceptional in its clarity and resolution as a holistic podium and tower concept, which will contribute a compelling, enduring and beautiful tower element within the heart of Sydney and a robust, engaging and authentic experience for pedestrians and other users at the street level.”

The development application can be found here.

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