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14 Dec 2021

45-storey Tower Proposed as Part of Sydney Olympic Park Masterplan

45-storey Tower Proposed as Part of Sydney Olympic Park Masterplan

The winning design for an apartment and office building in Sydney Olympic Park by Fitzpatrick and Partners has been submitted for planning permission.

A 45-story tower with 464 serviced apartments, a 12-story office building with ground-floor retail, and two two- and five-story pavilion structures are all part of the proposed complex. The pavilions are meant to serve as "urban markers," bridging the gap between the huge buildings' wide setbacks and the presence of a prominent fig tree on the site.

Fitzpatrick & Partners described the 45-story tower as "a building in a plaza... a lofty solitary form with a circular design" in planning documents. Its curving shape responds to other curved components in Sydney Olympic Park, such as the Olympic Park station structure.

By separating the office and apartment buildings, the serviced apartments can be raised to a higher level than they would otherwise be, and the office building can be constructed using cross-laminated timber. It also enables the formation of an active open space in the vicinity of the buildings. “The form and nature of the open space created not only seeks to service the two buildings but to create a separate destination that supports the functionality of both the buildings internally and Jacaranda Square opposite,” Fitzpatrick and Partners states. “This occurs through the provision of additional areas of activation and places to dwell, relax, sit in the shade or enjoy a spot in the sun.”

Arcadia is the project's landscape architect.

The Sydney Olympic Park Architectural Design Competition chose Fitzpatrick and Partners' concept in 2018.

The jury applauded the circular tower form for reducing facade space and overshadowing, as well as the office building's interaction with the urban plaza.

Until the 27th of January, a state-significant development application is on public display.