Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney

View from Above. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners

Sydney‘s historic George Street is about to receive a major facelift with the soon-to-be built 333 George Street, an 18 storey mixed use office and retail tower. Designed by Grimshaw Architects and executive architects Crone Partners for Australian property developer Charter Hall, the minimal glass and steel tower will contrast the historic structures on Sydney’s well-preserved original high street, with a 15 storey 12,500 square metre contemporary office tower tower atop a three storey 2,100 square metre retail podium.

Read on after the break for more on Sydney’s newest tower.

The Dalmeny / Enter Projects

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Architects: Enter Projects
Location: NSW, Australia
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Junya Ishigami to Install “Cloud Arch” in Downtown Sydney

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Set to be installed over a set of light rail tracks, Junya Ishigami’s Cloud Arch will soon be one of the biggest landmarks in downtown Sydney.  Commissioned by ’s public art program, City Art, the arch will symbolize ’s qualities of being “Green, Global, and Connected.” Over 50 meters high, it will change shape as viewer’s walk past it. Cloud Arch will act as both a gateway for the pedestrian , and a defining feature of the city.

The Garden Room / Welsh+Major

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Architects: Welsh+Major
Location: Sydney NSW,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Rocks Police Station / Welsh+Major

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Architects: Welsh+Major
Location: , NSW, Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Katherine Lu

Sydney Plans Large-Scale Urban Renewal Program

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The government of New South Wales have announced plans for Sydney’s largest program of since the 2000 Summer Olympics. The proposal seeks to utilise and regenerate a series of former docklands from the area of Blackwattle Bay, through the Sydney Fish Market, Rozelle Bay and Rozelle Rail Yards, to White Bay Power Station (a protected building).

Make Architects Picked for Sydney’s Wynyard Station Overhaul

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Make Architects have been selected from a shortlist of five practices to renovate the area around Sydney‘s Wynyard Station, beating SOM, Grimshaw, Bates Smart and Ingenhoven to the $1 billion project.

The scheme, called One Carrington Street, involves the renovation of the historic Shell House, creation of a new 27-story, 58,000 square metre office tower, a new eastern transit hall for Wynyard Station including 5,000 square metres of retail space, and a new grand entrance to Wynyard Station from George and Carrington Streets.

More on the scheme after the break

Ansarada / Those Architects

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Architects: Those Architects
Location: NSW, Australia
Design Team: Ben Mitchell, Simon Addinall, Justin Smith, Geordie McKenzie, Goran Momircevski
Area: 850 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Sydney Illuminates Itself with City-Wide Light Festival

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Now through June 9, the city of Sydney will be illuminated by its annual, world-exclusive light festival known as Vivid Sydney. Each night from 6PM until midnight, many of the Harbour City’s most famous landmarks will be transformed into an interactive visual spectacular, paralleled with street side installations, laser shows, (free) live music performances and over 200 creative industry business events.

One of the festival highlights, of course, is the illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Watch as Jørn Utzon’s famous white sails are transformed by a series of mind-bending, 3D projections designed by 59 Productions after the break…

Sydney Pushes First-Ever Policy to Promote Culture

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The City of has requested that 1.6 million square meters of empty commercial and residential space be made available to artists for “creative activities.” The proposed cultural offers over 120 ideas in which the space can be used to enhance ’s reputation as a world renowned creative city. “The City is proud to spend more than $34 million each year to support the arts, culture and creative activity in – but we know it is equally important to create an environment where ideas and imagination can flourish.” More information on the new policy can be found here

Eliza Apartments / Tony Owen Partners

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Architects: Tony Owen Partners
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Architect In Charge: Tony Owen
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners

Happy Birthday Jørn Utzon

Jørn Utzon in front of the Opera House during construction, 1965. Image Courtesy of Keystone/Getty Images

Pritzker Prize winning architect Jørn Utzon, who died in 2008 aged 90, was the relatively unknown Dane who, on the 29th January 1957, was announced as the winner of the ‘International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney’. When speaking about this iconic building, Louis Kahn stated that:

The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building.

Unfortunately, Utzon never saw the Sydney Opera House, his most popular work, completed. Learn of his fascinating story, after the break.

MUSE / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: Macquarie University, , Australia
Project Team: Georgia Singleton, Alan Duffy, Jo Dane, Kori Todd, Danny Wehbe, Danny Chan, Chang Liu
Area: 900 sqm
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Glebe House / Nobbs Radford Architects

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Architects: Nobbs Radford Architects
Location: NSW, Australia
Architect In Charge: Sean Radford
Design Team: Sean Radford, Alison Nobbs
Assistant Architects: Trevor Black, Laura Bagnato
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects

The Tale of Sydney’s Urban Sellout

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A recent, well-written article for The Guardian chronicles the story of Sydney’s East Darling Harbour (also known as ‘Barangaroo’), from the city’s optimism in 2003 to the relative disappointment of today. David Shoebridge, a New South Wales Greens MP and the party’s planning spokesperson, recounts the series of compromises and sellouts that have turned what was meant to be a “prime public space” into – to add insult to injury – the site for a casino.You can read this cautionary tale in full here.

Waterloo Youth Center / Collins and Turner

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Architects: Collins and Turner
Location: Sydney NSW,
Area: 252.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard Glover, Paul Bradshaw, Josef Nalevansky

Pablo & Rusty’s / Giant Design

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Architects: Giant Design
Location: Castlereagh Street, NSW 2000,
Associate: Chris Wilks
Director: Ed Kenny
Photographs: Andrew Worssam

Sustainable Container Home Selected in Competition for Sydney’s Bondi Beach

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Czech architect Ales Javurek has been awarded first prize in the [AC-CA] Architectural Competition for his design of a two-story, 340 square meter vacation home utilizing shipping containers in Sydney, Australia. The proposal situates the home on the edge of a 1500 square meter hillside to maximize the striking panoramic view of . By preserving current trees and the slope’s profile, consisting of “three platforms,” the proposal successfully addresses the main brief: to design a contemporary, sustainable vacation house which sensitively fits into its context and considers Sydney’s climate conditions. 

Learn more after the break…