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  7. Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney

Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney

Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney
View from Above. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners
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.

Roof Terrace View. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners Roof Terrace View. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners Street View with Tram Cars. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners Street Level View. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners + 6

Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney, View from Above. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners
View from Above. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners

The challenge of building on George Street is formidable: in addition to the need for historical preservation, the street is home to the largest concentration of highrises in Australia, making uniqueness the greatest challenge of all. To meet this challenge, the structure curves gently at structural junctures, eliminating the presence of harsh lines and jarring edges. Open spaces dominate the design, offering high levels of natural light and adaptability of space for incoming occupants. The tower culminates in a five storey roof terrace which integrates the exterior and interior spaces.

Street View with Tram Cars. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners
Street View with Tram Cars. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners

The architects highlight the importance of the roof terrace as the defining feature of the structure, emphasizing its importance as a key sustainable element in the design. The tower was designed in keeping with the City of Sydney's 2030 vision for an environmentally friendly city, featuring high performance glazing, recycling programs and rainwater harvesting. Plans for the tower include various environmental certifications, firmly establishing the tower's hopes to be one of Sydney's top sustainable commercial structures. The project is set to be completed by mid-2016.

Roof Terrace View. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners
Roof Terrace View. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners

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Cite: Finn MacLeod. "Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney" 01 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/543156/grimshaw-unveils-sustainable-glass-office-building-in-the-heart-of-sydney/> ISSN 0719-8884