HASSELL has won the design competition for a $750 million tower to be built at 60 Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD.

The redevelopment by Investa Office and Gwynvill Group will involve demolishing the current 1970s tower, with the replacement 40,000 square metre building targeting 6 Star Green Star Office and minimum five star NABERS ratings.

A HASSELL media release said the building would appeal to “progressive tenants”, who would have the ability to commission flexible workspaces and roof gardens.

HASSELL head of design – architecture and design team leader Tony Grist said the design would deliver “a balance of social, cultural and economic value” to Sydney and the developers.

“The design respects the existing facades that lend Martin Place its character,” Mr Grist said. “At street level on Martin Place, the building will feature a low-scale podium, formed of Sydney sandstone blades with the tower rising behind it. The sandstone solidity and copper spire of St Stephen’s Uniting Church has been a strong influence on the form of the new tower.

“The building’s striking northern facade is a fluid, curved form. As the building rises, the curve pulls back from the spire, giving it ‘breathing space’, before curving again.”

Martin Place, Sydney’s commercial heart dubbed by many as “Australia’s Wall Street”, is undergoing a major transformation with 1 Martin Place and 50 Martin Place having recently completed major upgrades, and 5 Martin Place, 19 Martin Place and 20 Martin Place nearing completion. Nearby 333 George Street is also undergoing a major rework, with the planned light rail poised to add more life to the precinct.

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