From Coronation Property:

Parramatta City Council selects Woods Bagot’s design for Coronation Property’s ‘8 Phillip Street’ Parramatta

 ‘A new level of experience, a lifestyle/leisure narrative with transparency and playfulness’ were the architect’s inspiration

Coronation Property has recently launched the world-class ‘8 Phillip Street’ to Sydney’s residential apartment market following the success of Woods Bagot in winning an architectural design competition, which was adjudicated by the Parramatta City Council.

Woods Bagot, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) and SJB were invited to submit concepts.

Joe Nahas, Managing Director, Coronation Property said, “we are deeply committed to delivering world-class architecture and creating a home that all the local community loves. Australia is very fortunate to have some of the world’s best architectural creatives who understand our local culture and bring international expertise to the project.”

“We were truly delighted by all three concepts presented, but thrilled with the decision made by the City of Parramatta. Wood Bagot’s design for ‘8 Phillip St’ will set the benchmark for mixed-use apartment projects not only in Parramatta, but internationally. It’s truly visionary and manages to exceed the high standard of design we insist on.”

The 54 storey building will include 35 levels of apartments, a proposed five-star hotel, rooftop bar and will integrate with the existing heritage St Andrew’s Church and St Andrew’s hall.

The project is set to become a Parramatta icon, not only for its striking contemporary design, but for the way it will totally transform the dynamic of the riverside and historic precinct.

“It’s been designed to create vibrancy in the area, during both day and night, without diminishing its historical buildings. In fact, the building’s design highlights the historical architectural elements on the site. Also, locals will be encouraged to experience the unparalleled views of Parramatta, Sydney CBD and Parramatta River afforded from a public rooftop bar on the 54th floor. It’s going to become a destination for the entire Parramatta community,” said Mr Nahas.

Domenic Alvaro, Director, Woods Bagot said, “we are delighted to have been awarded this project as its very constraints resulted in the inspiration for its spectacular design. Resolving the challenge of how to successfully integrate the project with the existing heritage buildings has been one of the project’s triumphs.”

“We considered several successful heritage integration projects in Europe and the US as inspiration. We made the bold move of making the heritage listed St Andrew’s Hall the stunning entrance to the contemporary building. The building literally sits atop the existing hall and makes its inherent internal structure the feature of the new residential entrance”.

“Also, the spire of the St Andrew’s Church is reflected in the design of the building’s lower levels. It is reflected in all views of the building from all approaches and really makes the heritage structure the hero of the area,” he said.

“We wanted to create a feeling of momentum and style, with vibrant activated spaces between buildings – this is an opportunity to redefine what people think about Parramatta,” said Mr Alvaro.