Westfield's 85 Castlereagh emerges from the cocoon

16 Mar

The iconic 85 Castlereagh Street building by Westfields and John Wardle Architects of Melbourne is slowly emerging, chrysalis-like, on to the Sydney skyline.

Much anticipated by its designers, and its new principal tenant JPMorgan, this glassy turd is proving difficult to see. Pertinently, design renderings by the architects always showed this Jetsonesque tower viewed from the air. There are few points on the ground to study its drama.

The 6 Greenstar tower was briefly put on hold during the GFC. It shares with the retail below a blackwater plant (basement) and a cogeneration facility (using gas to generate electricity, utilising the waste heat to power the chillers- somewhat technical!) housed on the roof of the ASIC-occupied 100 Market Street next door.

The Lowys (owners of Westfield’s) intend to occupy the top few floors and place their workers in the fifficult=to-rent lower floors of 100 Market Street (to “live above the shop”, so to say). The old Westfield tower on William Street will be presumably vacated.


6 Responses to “Westfield's 85 Castlereagh emerges from the cocoon”

  1. ck March 21, 2011 at 4:17 am #


  2. ann April 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Progress! well it had to happen and I do hope that the building “works” for the shoppers BUT- what about the street-scape?

    Try walking down Market street on a rainy day (plenty of those recently!) and you have absolutely no cover.

    Why would the city council approve a building that is so unfriendly to those who walk past or just want to window shop?

    All that talk of making Sydney bike friendly what about pedestrian friendly!? Now we all have to open umbrellas, dripping water on each other, dodging eye injuries on rain days- yuk. Then no cover from those floating awnings against the sun and heat of summer either.

    So, for most pedestrians this building is a big loser.

    Do all the “planning Department” people drive cars right into car parks and driveways therefore eliminating any need to walk along the footpaths? Who OK’d this without a study on pedestrian needs. After all no pedestrians means no shoppers for the “shopping Mall”.

    • craig July 15, 2011 at 2:12 am #

      Ever been to Europe? Not a whole lot of rain protection along their traditional streets. Ever strolled down Regent Street, London at 5pm on a Saturday afternoon when it is raining?

  3. archipae April 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    It’s interesting you should bring this up- I know that the awning height was very controversial at the design stage and it was only approved after many design precedents from abroad were shown. The aim was to get higher shop windows, and the awning is mostly decorative. Bad on a rainy day but good for business!

  4. HD May 19, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    Who’s the smart …. that wrote the sub script to the first photo.

  5. HAM July 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    The repetitive glass panels really cheapen the look of this building, especially with the ugly patterning that is printed (i think) at the top and bottom edges. It will be interesting to see how they resolve the dramatic diagonal top section.

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