Sydney architecture is an amalgamation of a range of architectural styles and you will see stunning old & new structures across the cityscape. The first substantial buildings in Sydney were built under the aegis of the Governor Lachlan Macquarie in the early 19th century and were the works of the highly acclaimed English-born architect, Francis Greenway.
Later, the Victorian buildings became the prominent architecture in the city. These were largely concentrated in the city centre and were built from local Hawkesbury stone. Post WW II, when the height restrictions for city structures were lifted, a large part of the older-stock of Architecture in central Sydney was demolished and modernistic high rise buildings took their place. Here are 7 stunning examples of Sydney Architecture (in no particular order):
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is legendary and iconic and in the league of structures such as the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben. Without a shade of doubt, it is one of world’s most-recognisable buildings. This structure was the brain-child of Jørn Utzon and took 16 long years to complete. Utzon actually left the project & did not return to see the final creation. The Sydney Opera House was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2007.
One Central Park
This residential building put Chippendale on the international map. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in Chicago announced One Central Park to be 2014’s “Best Tall Building” worldwide. The building was developed by JV partners Frasers Property Australia & Sekisui House Australia. It comprises 2 towers and houses 623 apartments that are linked by a podium.
This podium incorporates retail premises & recreation areas. It has been designed by the well-known Ateliers Jean Nouvel in conjunction with PTW Architects, the Australian architects. One Central Park is definitely an architectural marvel and Sydneysiders are impressed by it. It has a cantilevered and light-reflecting heliostat & has now become a landmark in central Sydney.
This Sydney Tower stands a whopping 250-mtrs above the city of Sydney. It offers breathtaking views of the cityscape and you can view the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and sights that are as far away as the mountains and beaches. Centrepoint has a capacity to hold 960 people, has 2 levels of restaurants, an observation deck, a coffee lounge, 3 plant levels and 2 telecom transmission levels
This is one of the most well-known retail & office complexes in Australia. The 3-meter lightning rod that was added to its spire in the year 2000, took its official height up to 244-meters. The tip of this spire is 270-meters above sea level. To counteract building sway in the high winds, a massive steel-block pendulum that weighs 400 tonnes is suspended from 8 different 75-mm diameter steel wires that are located near its top floor. The pendulum connected to a modern hydraulic-dampened gravity system stabilizes this super-structure in very high winds.
This is the 13th skyscraper in Sydney to hold the title of the city’s tallest building. In addition, it was the 10th title-holder of the tallest residential building in Australia surpassing the Century Tower. It was the southern hemisphere’s tallest residential tower until completion of the Q1 Tower.
Australia Square has been one of the most distinctive buildings on the city skyline since 1967. It has stood the test of time and continues to be a symbol of ground-breaking innovation & the height of achievement. Australia Square is a 40-level Tower that has been classified as an A-Grade-building under the grade matrix of the Property Council of Australia. It offers high-end A-Grade services in one of the most architecturally important buildings in Sydney.
1 Bligh is the next-gen in sustainable, premium grade office space. It combines leading-edge design, technology & sustainability in one most enviable location in the world. Its structure has unique floor plates that are column-free. These have been designed to maximise the workspace. It is centrally located and Circular Quay only 2 blocks to its north. It has double skin floor-to-ceiling glass façade and an impressive roof top terrace.
These are just some of the notable examples of stunning architecture in Sydney. The cityscape is covered with some of the most impressive, tallest and architecturally unique buildings in the world.
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