Sydney tower project with a sense of “rest”

Candalepas and associates won a design excellence competition for a ‘slim and stylish’ hotel and apartment tower in central Sydney.

Located at 525 George Street, the tower will include 292 hotel rooms, a gymnasium, an outdoor swimming pool and 115 residential apartments. It will replace the historic cinema that has occupied the site since 1903.

The proposal includes a six-story podium that will house a cinema, hotel lobby, conference rooms, restaurant and retail outlets.

Tower offered at 525 George Street, Sydney, by Candalepas Associates.

Image: Studio Darc

“The proposal is based on a building form with elegant vertical proportions, contextual linkages as well as a number of pleasing aesthetic offerings including atrium voids and striking public street entrances,” the authors said. architects in a design statement.

“The tower, with its dominant vertical proportions, creates an elegant shape on the city skyline. The form of the podium establishes a strong and articulate contextual link with its adjacent neighbours.

“The palette of materials […] is formulated around sustainable and natural materials. This is seen as a complement to the adjacent masonry heritage buildings and speaks to more enduring and substantial human values.

Candalepas Associates created a first-stage conceptual design for the project, and following its approval, the developer held a three-way guest competition with the firm along with two others: Andrew Burges Architects and John Wardle Architects.

Tower offered at 525 George Street, Sydney, by Candalepas Associates.

Tower offered at 525 George Street, Sydney, by Candalepas Associates.

Image: Studio Darc

The competition’s selection panel concluded that the Candalepas Associates program “had the ambition to create a sense of ‘rest’ that was powerfully and appropriately rendered in the reading of the tower as a subtle and elegant presence on the city ​​skyline”, the Competitive Design Alternatives report. bed.

“The tower demonstrated a sophisticated reading of the multiple constraints at play and resolved them in such a way as to liberate the architectural form.

“The selection committee found the tower component of this program to be the most resolute of the entries and the program’s greatest strength.”

A development application for Stage 2 assessment has been submitted to the City of Sydney.

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