Developed as part of the winning proposal for the redevelopment of East Darling Harbour, the garden tower scheme has been designed to be one of Sydney’s first ecological office towers. All perimeter offices in the thirty one storey tower will be day-lit and have openable windows, allowing occupants to control their own environment, resulting in energy consumption levels half those of conventional office towers.
The building is envisaged as two towers, linked by a series of garden decks and office floors, punctuating the central void and establishing social focii for the office workers. Gardens contain places to relax during refreshment breaks, as well as meeting spaces, bringing richness and humanity to the workplace.
The massing of the building evokes the stacked shipping containers of the old East Darling Harbour shipyards. In addition to offering a distinctive presence on the Sydney skyline, the proposal is anchored into the lower-scale city fabric, with the design of the perimeter structures reinforcing the scale of the new boulevard at Hickson Road.
- Hill Thalis with Paul Berkemeier and Jane Irwin