180 George St, a new office tower in the heart of the city is set to reinvigorate its surrounding urban precinct that forms part of Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay. Located between George and Pitt streets – a stone’s throw away from the city’s famous harbour – the scheme is characterised by a network of pedestrian laneways that criss-cross the site at different levels. Closely integrated with the tower above, the laneways will be lined with shops, cafes and bars, celebrating Sydney as a unique destination.
The tower makes a distinctive contribution to Sydney’s skyline with its innovative façade – a series of external cross-braces derived from structural stress diagrams. The south façade is broken into three bays with the concrete cores 'book-ending' the three transparent banks of lifts that animate the façade. The entire elevation is vertically articulated to modulate its visual impact on the skyline. The expressed structure also allows flexibility in interior layouts with the core offset to one side.
The innovative workspaces at 180 George St are flexibly designed to support new ways of working in the 21st century, suitable for a whole range of organisations, from new start-ups to large companies. The offset core and column free workspaces maximise views of Sydney Harbour, and create a workspace that optimises community, collaboration, wellbeing, and productivity for workers.
The tower aims to achieve NABERS 5 Star energy performance, a Green Star rating of 6, and is the first ever building in Sydney to achieve WELL Core and Shell pre-certification rating. The city centre location provides occupants with an abundance of low carbon transport alternatives, including short walking distances to train stations, ferry terminals, and the new light rail network along George Street. The design builds on the low carbon transport approach with a cycle storage facility, with capacity for 250 bikes and a maintenance station in Sydney’s first ever public bike hub.