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Two Australian, five international firms in Circular Quay tower design competition

Australian architecture firms BVN and Hassell will compete against five international firms to design a commercial tower for developer Lend Lease in Circular Quay.

The international firms include US-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, HOK and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and UK-based Foster and Partners and David Chipperfield Architects.

The design process for the site involves two competitions – one for the entire precinct, excluding the Jacksons on George site, and one for the Jacksons on George site only.

Located at 174–182 George Street and 33–35 Pitt Street, the commercial office tower will be up to 284 metres in height and will encompass public facilities including the George Street Plaza, rugby club plaza, a public bike hub, a community building, laneways and public artwork.

The Lend Lease tower will be situated between 200 George Street, an office tower designed by FJMT, and 1 Alfred Street, which will be home to the Wanda Vista Hotel by Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates and a 57-storey luxury residential tower by Kerry Hill Architects.

The Lend Lease tower will be situated between 200 George Street, an office tower designed by FJMT, and 1 Alfred Street, which will be home to the Wanda Vista Hotel by Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates and a 57-storey luxury residential tower by Kerry Hill Architects.

The tower will be situated within the Alfred, Pitt, Dally and George Streets block – between 200 George Street, an office tower designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, and 1 Alfred Street, home to the competition-winning scheme for the Wanda Vista Hotel by Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates and a 57-storey luxury residential tower designed by Kerry Hill Architects, both for developer Dalian Wanda.

The development will also neighbour AMP Capital’s Quay Quarter precinct, masterplanned by Danish practice 3XN.

Lend Lease’s managing director for urban regeneration, Mark Menhinnitt, said, “We have initiated a competitive design process for our site at Circular Quay. The competition is being run according to the City of Sydney’s Competitive Design Policy, and seven international and local architect teams have been invited to participate. A decision is expected around mid to late December.”

The jury comprises three nominees each from Lend Lease and the City of Sydney.

The expected completion date for the tower is 2020.

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