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Candalepas-Designed Tower Integrates Historic George Street Former Bank HQ


A proposal for a 13-storey office tower on an undeveloped site on Sydney’s York Street has been submitted to the City of Sydney.

The building, designed by Sydney-based architect Angelo Candalepas, will sit immediately adjacent to the heritage former Bank of New South Wales headquarters and incorporate into the existing 1920s building at each floor level.

Candalepas Architects, who was directly approached by the client NGI investments, are at the helm of the estimated $28.9 million design proposal.

NGI Investments is a private company owned by Hong Kong’s Cheng family. The Cheng’s acquired the heritage former bank headquarters at 341 George Street in 2002 for $57 million.

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White marble will sit adjacent to the heritage former bank’s sandstone exterior.
White marble will sit adjacent to the heritage former bank’s sandstone exterior.Image courtesy of Candalepas Associates


The character and heritage of the existing George Street building required complementary architecture, Candalepas Architects director Angelo Candalepas told The Urban Developer.

“So that [the additions] enables the re-giving of life to the heritage building, rather than the embalming of it.”

“We wanted to ensure it (4-6 York Street) had meaning and consequence standing next to this beautiful old building,” Candalepas said.

“A harmony has to happen between the two.”

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The new building will sit immediately adjacent to the heritage former Bank headquarters, incorporating into the 1920s building at each floor level.
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Two key aspects of the design ensure the two buildings interrelate visually from the public domain, and through the joining of all the new floor levels exactly correspondent to the existing property.

White marble will sit adjacent to the old bank’s existing sandstone exterior, which Candalepas describes as “a very rich but subtle play of light and colour”.

Candalepas said glass lifts will service the newly-joined building creating “a glass veranda” accenting the heritage building.

“It needs to have all the aspects of the existing building renewed in a way that makes beautiful things emerge from the old. It will end up being attractive for our client and the city of Sydney,” Candalepas said.

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A railway line sits one metre under the York Street site, Candalepas says the cantilever component was an exciting part of the project.
A railway line sits one metre under the York Street site, Candalepas says the cantilever component was an exciting part of the project.


The new building features a cantilevered component on its western façade – due to the railways that sit under the York Street site – with the underside of the cantilever, opening on to a public piazza, reflecting a similar detail Candalepas designed into his recently completed mosque in Sydney’s Punchbowl.

“I think the success with this sort of work is that it offers detail in the city in a way that hasn’t been made familiar in recent years,” Candalepas said.

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The underside of the cantilevered element on the York Street building features a stepped domed relief, similar to that of Candalepas’ celebrated Punchbowl mosque.
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The site is bounded by George Street, Wynyard Street, York Street and Barrack Lane with Martin Place directly opposite George Street to the east.

“I think extending Martin Place is the significant offering of this proposal. It links Martin Place to Wynyard Park – which I think is a beautiful thing to offer,” Candalepas said.

The current allotment at 4-6 York Street is undeveloped, consisting mostly of open space. The location has a northern aspect over Wynyard Park.

The development proposal is on exhibition at the City of Sydney until next month.

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