The $2.5 billion Central Place Sydney development is progressing with plans for the project’s two towers submitted for development approval.
The project is designed by Fender Katsalidis and Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) who won an international design competition run by Frasers Property Australia and Dexus.
The towers, at 35 and 37 storeys, will deliver approximately 130,000 square metres of world-class new innovative workspace and civic space as part of a holistic carbon neutral response transforming the western edge of Central Station.
Central Place Sydney’s towers aim to be carbon neutral and achieve a 6-star Green Star rating. Since winning the competition, the design has evolved with a self-shaded passive solution to the façade using ‘smart awnings’ on the towers and materialised in the sandstone podium.
Fender Katsalidis director, Mark Curzon, said it is an exceptionally significant project for Sydney, with the design focusing on connectivity, sustainability and the creation of an ultimate workplace precinct.
“We look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders and the community to deliver cutting-edge design through this workplace and pedestrian district.”
External and internal landscape spaces cascade from the top of the towers and podiums down to the public realm defining the form of the towers. This biophilic response delivers a variety of mixed-mode wintergardens and balconies to each level, enriching the workspace.
Scott Duncan, SOM Design Partner, shared: “By mimicking nature using biophilic design elements like smart shading and extensive terraces, the tower designs for Central Place Sydney improve energy performance and the wellbeing of those working within.”
The lower ground floor underneath Henry Deane Plaza will become a destination in its own right providing a variety of retail experiences.
The lodgement for approval of the towers comes as the design of the smaller landmark sculptural building progresses. Subject to securing the relevant approvals, construction is targeted to commence in 2022 with the first stage of the project expected to be delivered in 2025.