Sugar Dock, Jacksons Landing / FJMT

© Andrew Chung courtesy of

Sugar Dock provides 132 residential units, associated communal open space and underground car parking. The design of the development seeks to complement and respond to its urban context characterized by its relationship to large scale elements such as the Harbour, the working dockyards, silos and the Anzac Bridge as well as the immediate topography and the streetscape of Jacksons Landing.

Architects: FJMT
Location: Sydney,
Project Area: 16506 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: John Gollings, Andrew Chung

© Andrew Chung courtesy of FJMT

The tower consists of a series of glass residential apartments enclosed and anchored by two precast shells combining the visual language of the new development with that of the old Pyrmont. Within the glass form, apartments are turned away from their primary boundary towards the view and optimal orientation. A podium element grounds the tower’s masonry walls and reinforces the sandstone cliff-like Bowman Street alignment. Apartments along Bowman Street have been articulated to read as a series of houses inserted into the cliff face. They have an intimate character with their connection to the park and are restricted in height allowing clearer views through site views from Distillery Hill and from the communal open space.

The success of this development is reflected by the satisfaction of the client and apartment owners. During the GFC, sales continued ensuring the projects viability.

© John Gollings courtesy of FJMT

Design Architect: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)
Client: Lend Lease
Documenting Architect: Lend Lease
Landscape Architect team: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)
Builder: Lend Lease
Project Manager: Lend Lease
Developer: Lend Lease
Planner: BBC Consulting Planners
Cost Planning: Page Kirkland Group
Stuctural: Robert Bird Group
Acoustic: Renzo Tonin & Associates: Norman Disney & Yong
Mechanical, Hydraulics and Fire Engineering: Norman Disney & Yong
Electrical: Aecom
Hard Model: Peter Models
3D Rendering: Ivolve Studio

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Cite: "Sugar Dock, Jacksons Landing / FJMT" 08 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • rachid

    This is a pretty ordinary offering from fjmt! Where’s the celebration of pyrmont’s topography? The expression of its unique location?

    The social motivations for the establishment of Jackson’s Landing as a residential hub are not being met by its architectural realities.

    Another opportunity missed.