180 Thomas St- a walk on the Highline

1 Sep

180 Thomas Street is a very nicely designed small office building.
-built diagonally opposite the new UTS Gehry building on the old goods line viaduct (our local version of the NY Highline).
-in a very dynamic part of the city fringe near Central and Chinatown and the university precinct.
-expressive facade with a glass external lift core.
-light filled entry lobby under expressed structural building trusses (supporting new build over existing


Above- Architect’s (Bates Smart) rendering of completed project.


Above- current view.


Above- Architect’s (Bates Smart) rendering of completed project.


Above- current view.


Above- Architect’s (Bates Smart) rendering of the light filled entry lobby.


Above- current view from street. Note the truss and the proximity to the Sydney High Line.


Above- trusses



Above- the steel trusses being fabricated in Chine.


180 Thomas Street Ultimo is a nine storey office building constructed above an existing substation. The project includes retail tenancies at ground level, outdoor eating areas fronting the local pedestrian network, and three levels of fitout including a wintergarden. The building is a steel framed construction with external glass lifts and an extensively glazed façade. The existing structure was originally designed to accept future development and six trusses weighing a total of over 120 tonne have been mounted on struts on the existing roof to support the new works.

Project:180 Thomas St, Sydney
Architect: Bates Smart
Builder- Enstruct

Erection of the steelwork for the 180 Thomas St Haymarket project has commenced. The first steelwork to be erected was the 6 transfer trusses at plantroom level that allow the transition of the office floor plate columns to suit the contemporary office floor plate layout of the new office building and provide the 9.5m cantilever on the western side of the building. Completion of the erection of the Level 1 steelwork will allow the Level 1 concrete floor plate to be placed with the erection of the upper levels of steelwork to follow.

Fabrication for the steelwork at the 180 Thomas St Haymarket project has commenced with erection of steelwork programmed to commence in December. The steelwork for this project is being fabricated in China.





August Construction update

1 Aug

There are half a dozen fantastic projects going up within half a mile of Central Station.

Here are some recent update pictures (changing rapidly…)

01. Central Park

That heliport still amazes me every time I walk past it. And the greenery growing on the walls. Talk about smoke and mirrors. However, it does work to set this development apart from the other boring stuff. And the site is superb too.

More images- http://www.sydneyarchitecture.com/NEW/NEW15.htm

01A 01B 01C

02. 163 Castlereagh Street (ANZ Tower).

Up in mid-town, the new ANZ tower by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) has turned out wonderfully. The good detailing and sense of design that FJMT usually display on their libraries (etc) is here employed to make some urbanely relaxed inner city spaces.

More images- http://www.sydneyarchitecture.com/NEW/NEW01.htm


02A 02B 02C

03.  Construction of the new 14-storey faculty UTS ITE Building dramatically sheathed in angular aluminium on the corner of Broadway and Jones Street. A somewhat disturbingly modern (decon) facade (modern Brutalism..) facing the main entry to the city. This may turn out badly.

More images- http://sydneyarchitecture.com/cbd/cbd7-023.htm

03A 03B 03C

04.  The UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

Just down the road from the ITE Building is the new superstar-Gehry-designed Chau Chak Wing. The facade has not started to go on but it promises to be a good one. It is also sited on an old elevated disused railway corridor that promises to become a very interesting and dynamic part of Sydney.

More images- http://sydneyarchitecture.com/cbd/cbd7-021.htm



05. 180 Thomas Street, Haymarket. Bates Smart

Won through a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition.
Very nice little office building, opposite the Gehry UTS building (on the old railway building. A conversion of a 10 year old plinth.




Above- a BS rendering of the completed project.

Latest on the Barangaroo Casino and Hotel

9 May


Image submitted by reader.

Just one image of the fourth entry in the design competition for the Barangaroo Casino and Hotel has been published. It is believed to be from an Australian design firm of international standing but the details are yet to be released.

The design has been embraced by Sydney architects as an accurate response to the history of the site and of the process so far. One Sydney architect said “The design has some strong anthropomorphic elements but it is hard to put my finger on the exact references”.

The proposed building is 72 storeys with a spectacular eight storey penthouse at the top of the stunning kinked cylindrical tower. The base is three triangular forms containing the casino, an ultra luxury spa and wellness centre that is rumoured to have a membership consisting solely of billionaire men, and a small theatre that may be open to the public for up to two matinee performances every year.

No parallels have yet been drawn to the Opera House but it seems the comparisons will be inevitable.


From the press:

Wilkinson Eyre down to final three in race for Barangaroo hotel tower
7 May, 2013 | By Richard Waite

Double Stirling Prize-winner Wilkinson Eyre has revealed its proposals in the competition to design a AUS $1 billion ‘resort’ tower in Sydney, Australia.


Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and international giant KPF are also vying for the 235m-tall hotel tower scheme which will house around 350 bedrooms, including 70 ‘opulent suites’ on the top floors as well as 100 luxury apartments, restaurants, shops a spa and casinos.

Shard-architect Renzo Piano, who was named on a four-strong shortlist in February, has since dropped out of the contest.


The six-star Crown Sydney building at Barangaroo has been billed as the ‘most iconic building to be constructed in Sydney since the Opera House’.

The victorious scheme will be built next to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ contentious three-tower Barangaroo project for developer Lend Lease.

Construction work on the resort skyscraper has been set for 2014, subject to planning, with a scheduled opening date in 2018.

A winner will be named alter this month.

Source- http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/wilkinson-eyre-down-to-final-three-in-race-for-barangaroo-hotel-tower/8647632.article

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The Madness of Green Square

15 Dec

I took a walk around Green Square the other day- I was shocked by the freaky Millennial Moderne multi-res going up there.
In 20 years time this area will be known as a museum of kitsch.
Like it or not it has some interesting forms going on (especially if you like pointy corners….).

BTW- I believe that I may have got some of the architects wrong here- please let me know if this is the case.

Full page at- http://sydneyarchitecture.com/GS/GS.htm

JAAY01 Divercity, Waterloo. (Turner)

JAAY02 Emerald Park, Zetland. (Stanisic)

JAAY03 Viking Apartments, Waterloo.

JAAY04 Apex apartments, Zetland. (Turner)

JAAY05 Meriton VSQ North, Zetland.

JAAY08 CityWest, Zetland. (Prescott Architects)

JAAY10 Coda, Rosebery (Stanisic)

JAAY11 Mondrian, Waterloo (Stanisic)

JAAY14 Arc, Zetland (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer)

JAAY15 a2, Rosebery (SJB)

JAAY16 Warehouse5, Waterloo (Crone Nation)

JAAY18 Garland Stella, Zetland. (Tzannes)


JAAY29 Form, Zetland (Turner)

JAAY30 ESP, Zetland (Turner)

JAAY34 ARTISE, Rosebery (Turner)

JAAY37 Danks Street towers, Crown Square, Waterloo.

Outpost, graffiti artists on display at Cockatoo Island.

13 Dec

We went to the last day of the Outpost Art from the Streets installation at Cockatoo Island last Sunday.
We got completely drenched on the ferry but the trip was great.
It was good to put some names to the works I’ve admired on the side of the local subway tracks.

An artwork by the famous Beastman (he’s so hot right now…) was the first artwork in the “Artery” tunnel that runs under the island (the island was for 150 years an RAN shipyard). The tunnel is a great natural art gallery. My boys are great fans of street art.

Artists include Ears, Ghostpatrol, Ben Frost, Ha Ha, James Jirat Patradoon, Jumbo, Max Berry, Numskull, Vexta, Zap, Deb, Bennett, Mini Graff, Shannon Crees, Shida, Sprinkles, Lister, Itch, Makatron, Sync, Reka, Phibs, Prizm, Beastman, Dmote, Drewfunk, The Yok, SMC3, Meggs and Rone.

Some young louts waiting to vandalise something…

A wet Tebbit!


More Beastman??

Kidzoom Home. Scary stuff.

More Beastman??

So sad….

1976 school bus. Ironlak Bus.

Run!!! The storm approaches!



Link- http://outpost.cockatooisland.gov.au/

Broadway's role in city life on the rise

5 Dec

Kelsey Munro, Jen Rosenberg SMH December 3, 2011

The price of good design

IN A few years, an unloved and unlovely part of the city will have been transformed into ”a gallery of eminent architects”, with new buildings by three Pritzker Prize winners, a 6400-square-metre park and a power station.

Investments totalling $1.5 billion from the University of Technology, Sydney, along with the joint venture developing the former Carlton&United Breweries site near Central Station, are set to reshape the southern end of the city centre.

On Broadway’s south side, a 33-storey residential tower shrouded in elaborate vertical gardens is rising around a new landscaped park, remnant brewery buildings and a planned tri-generation power station to supply the new complex.

Terraced gardens at One Central Park. Artist’s impression.

A cantilevered heliostat at the top of the building will direct light into the complex and become a digital artwork at night.

One Central Park

One Central Park, Sydney. Artist’s impression.

”There’s no doubt it’s going to be a stunning transformation over the next five years,” Guy Pahor, of Frasers Property, said.

Frasers is developing the One Central Park site in a joint venture with Sekisui House. ”Broadway’s going to be transformed, not just by the nature and volume of the construction, but the quality – call it a gallery of eminent architects,” he said.

With Gehry, there are Jean Nouvel, Richard Johnson, Norman Foster and vertical-garden pioneer Patrick Blanc in the internationals.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers with the heliostat illuminated at night time. Central Park. Artist’s impression.

Australian firms include Tzannes Associates, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Denton Corker Marshall and Durbach Block Jaggers.

Gehry, Nouvel and Foster have won the Pritzker, architecture’s highest honour.

When the first stage of One Central Park is finished in late 2013, there will be about 1900 new apartments for 2500 residents and space for 5400 workers in offices and a four-storey mall.

Richard Johnson buildings, Cental Park. Artist’s impression.

The developer has worked to sway objectors angry at the height of the towers, holding several community forums, investing in a public art program and allowing local artists to work rent-free in heritage warehouses on the site.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers, Central Park. Artist’s impression.


For UTS, the development was as much about creating an education hub for the whole area as it was expanding its footprint, the vice-chancellor, Ross Milbourne, said.

”The exciting thing about this project is that it takes an area that has been quite rundown – it’s always been the poor cousin to the rest of Sydney – and it’s really reinventing itself to be a cultural and educational precinct.”

Across the road, the base of the 27-storey brutalist concrete UTS tower will be wrapped in an undulating glass facade, and construction starts in March on a new 14-storey faculty building dramatically sheathed in angular aluminium on the corner of Broadway and Jones Street.

Off Harris Street, the university is also building Australia’s first Frank Gehry building, with its distinctive crumpled facade and treehouse-like skeleton, which caused much controversy when plans were unveiled late last year.

UTS’s Dr Chau Chak Wing building, designed by Frank Gehry, his first Australian project. The 16,030-square-meter (172,545-square-foot) business school building at the University of Technology, Sydney, will have a “treehouse” design, incorporating a core yellow brick and crinkly glass structure, with “branches” spreading away from it, Gehry says.

Significantly, the site engages with the adjacent abandoned railway line and bridge and will feed into the pedestrian zone further up.


Professor Milbourne said the university had planned its growth to benefit students and the neighbourhood. ”We have a plan for student growth on our campus but part of it is to make it a better student experience, so more space for students … increasing student housing around this area and making it a safer environment,” he said.

The Broadway redesign links two other big redevelopments – Darling Harbour and Barangaroo – but has managed much of the latter’s controversy.

Professor Milbourne and the UTS deputy vice-chancellor (resources), Patrick Woods, attribute that to strong collaboration with the neighbours. These include the ABC, the Powerhouse Museum and TAFE.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers, Central Park. Artist’s impression.

David Riordan, director of TAFE NSW-Sydney Institute, said the relationship between the two institutions was very positive.

”This is going to be the hub of education in Australia and we believe that we’re here to meet those needs and that we’ll be a key player,” Mr Riordan said.

Copyright SMH

Harry Seidler will never be forgotten

1 Dec

25 Nov 11, Emma Page

Harry’s Park at Milsons Point.


PENELOPE Seidler endured a tough and expensive battle to save a public park in Milsons Point from becoming a seven-storey development.

In 2006 she paid $5 million to Multiplex to acquire the right to protect the state-owned site as a park for perpetuity.

This month the harbourside green space was officially renamed “Harry’s Park” after her late husband, Australian architect Harry Seidler.

The private ceremony on Thursday, November 10, attracted dignitaries, business and community leaders including North Sydney MP Joe Hockey, North Sydney Mayor Genia McCaffery and Australian author David Malouf.

“I’m very happy about it – it looks fantastic, it blends very nicely with the surroundings,” Mrs Seidler told the Daily.

“I’m sure Harry would have been thrilled.”

Penelope and Polly Seidler at the opening of Harry’s Park.


The park, which boasts 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour, was designed using elements and materials that characterised Seidler’s work.

These include “smooth white and textured grey finishes, strong geometric forms and soft irregular planting”, project architect and Harry Seidler & Associates partner, John Curro said.

It also features a Robert Owen designed bright blue metal sculpture `Tracing Light – for Harry 3D/4D’.

Milsons Point has special significance to Mrs Seidler as her father grew up in Kirribilli with his brothers and sang in the choir at St Johns Anglican church in Kirribilli.

Harry’s Park

* New public park at the corner of Glen and Dind Streets, Milsons Point commemorating iconic Australian architect Harry Seidler

* In 2006, Harry’s wife Penelope Seidler paid $5 million to Multiplex to save the block from a multi-storey development

* The state government had previously given Multiplex a 99-year lease for $1

* The park was partly funded by a $150,000 grant from North Sydney Council

* It adjoins the 1973 Seidler Office building

* Famous Seidler designs include Rose Seidler House, MLC Centre, Australia Square, the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and the controversial Blues Point Tower

Source- http://mosman-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/harry-will-never-be-forgotten/
Link- http://seidler.net.au/?id=132