No stranger to the co-creation of landmark architecture at Sydney Harbour, we are once again working with a Danish architect, 3XN, while transforming a city block for developer AMP Capital. The centrepiece 'Quay Quarter Tower’ on the site of 50 Bridge Street, is the first major project designed by a Danish architect in Sydney since Jørn Utzon collaborated with Ove Arup on the Opera House in 1973.
We’ve been working with AMP Capital since the beginning, undertaking the feasibility study for this new 155,940 m2 business, residential and lifestyle precinct over two city blocks. Assisting with the competition brief, eventually awarded to 3XN for the centrepiece tower with BVN as Australian architect, we have since brought engineering innovation to multiple aspects of both the tower and the Quay Quarter Lanes precinct.
Our input to the adaptive reuse of the 1970’s tower has informed the strategy of maintaining 68% of the existing structure. With all the embodied energy this entails, this re-use has saved the equivalent of 10,000 aeroplane flights from Sydney to Melbourne in carbon reduction. We have created the most efficient core possible, saving the space of eight lift shafts by using double-decker lifts – the world’s first example of double-deck lifts retrofitted into a premium grade tower
10,000 aeroplane trips saved in carbon reduction
Quay Quarter Sydney is one of the most exciting reinventions of the foreshore environs, since the Sydney Opera House made its mark in the 1970s. The design has created a prized asset for AMP Capital and its investors and will bring a new, vibrant, world-class, yet authentically Sydney-city destination with much-loved intimate laneway culture.
“Circular Quay is Sydney’s gateway, but it has lacked relevance in recent years – Quay Quarter Sydney is a precinct worthy of a place alongside the world’s most famous harbour. ”Robert Saidman Principal
Views from every angle
The striking, twisting angular design by 3XN – a series of stacked ‘vertical villages’ designed around atria – has cleverly created a different vista of Sydney from each stack. Our shading folds and tapers following the sun as it moves from east to west minimising glare, providing thermal comfort and preserving those all-important 360-degree magnificent views of Sydney.
Quay Quarter Tower will be an experience-rich environment for people, enabled by digital technologies. We guided AMP Capital through the process, identifying a broad range of experiences that different users might desire, including tenant organisations, their staff and visitors.
To deliver these experiences, a set of services to be offered within the building were defined along with the technologies to enable them. The experiences rely on an innovative IT infrastructure design including wireless and wired connectivity and systems integration to provide open data exchange between base building systems and any digital overlay systems.
As with the precinct development as a whole, the aim is to enable high levels of amenity and wellbeing for the people that will call Quay Quarter home, during work hours and beyond.
Above renders © AMP Capital.