International Architecture Firm Grimshaw Wins Design Competition for Sydney CBD Development


Developer Poly Australia has announced international architecture firm Grimshaw as the winner of the City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition for the redevelopment of 210-220 George Street, Sydney.

The redevelopment is Chinese-owned developer Poly Real Estate's first commercial building in Australia.

With the support of The City of Sydney, Poly was granted stage one DA approval to develop the A-grade office building in early May, with an 8-week design competition commencing 31 May, where the design brief was issued to the invited competitors.

Founded in London in 1980, and with international reach, Grimshaw took the top spot as decided by a panel of six jurors – nominated by Poly Australia and City of Sydney. The impressive design was selected ahead of five other concepts from leading national and international firms.


“Grimshaw offered a unique approach to the design of a commercial building and we hope to see this concept set a benchmark for Sydney,” Poly Australia sales director Jay Carter said.

As part of the design, every two levels features double height spaces, which all tenants will benefit from.

The podium level offers a more social connection to George Street through external terraces, integrating the workplace to the streetscape rather than creating a boundary that divides the inside and the outside.

“210-220 George Street is Poly Global’s first commercial building in Australia, and Grimshaw has shown a disciplined respect for the streetscape and surrounding heritage buildings through their design,” Carter said.

“Poly Australia intends for 210-220 George Street to play a significant role in the development of Sydney CBD, and hopes to continue to work closely with the City of Sydney as well as all participants in the design competition for future developments.”

Adjacent to Circular Quay, 210-220 George Street will be part of an ensemble of buildings designed by international architecture practices, including Foster + Partners and Kengo Kuma.

This historic neighbourhood has been slated for transformation into a leading global arts and cultural district by the City of Sydney.

Grimshaw’s scheme seeks to capture the spirit of this transformation, with a unique "human-experience" led workplace tower, designed to attract the emerging "millennial worker"; servicing Sydney’s growing creative and knowledge based economies and tech and finance innovators.

"Sydney is uniquely placed to attract and retain 21st Century talent, we see the opportunity to create a leading-edge workplace that inspires the day-to-day working lives of its occupants, enlivens the public realm and adds vibrancy to city life,” Grimshaw Managing Partner Andrew Cortese said.

Construction of the tower is due to begin in early 2019, with completion expected in 2022.

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