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Australia 2017One Circular Quay

Commercial | Hospitality
On Going
25F / 6BF

One Circular Quay is the future home of Waldorf Astoria in Sydney, positioned at the inside corner of one of the busy inlets of the city’s Harbour, between icons—Jørn Utzon’s Opera House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The design avoids the city’s commonly seen podium-and-tower arrangement, to connect the architecture more directly to city life. It makes a single gesture that aligns to the street conditions below, gradually rotating the upper part of the volume toward the views. At the project’s base, shops, cafés, and an open lobby connect to street-level activities and Sydney’s laneway culture, while toward the top, the building maintains geometric clarity in the skyline. The scalar transition is made possible by large architectural pixels, defined by glass, local sandstone, and Australian vegetation. These pixels connect human, urban, and natural dimensions in a unified composition, with each facade different according to orientation, and all presenting engaged fronts to the surrounding city. This tower grows out of the very nature of Sydney.

Team Balazs Bognar, Kevin Clement, Adrian Yau*, Hannah Appelgren, Mengfei Wu, Richard Nelson, Martina Bandolin, Jack Baylon Ryan*, Jeffrey Chow, Adorian Yao* Construction Lend Lease Cooperation Robert Bird Group Facility Stantec Accumulation WT Partnership Exterior Mcgregor Coxall Illumination Stantec Photography ©︎ Bloom Images