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Grimshaw’s tower tops Sydney contest

At 65 storeys, the competition-winning scheme will form the first stage of a new ‘vertical neighbourhood’ strategy in the city’s Parramatta suburb

Grimshaw has won the contest to design a new 65-storey tower, housing more than 540 flats in Parramatta, a suburb of Sydney.

The practice’s twisting skyscraper beat proposals from fellow finalists SJB Architects and Elenberg Fraser. Grimshaw’s tower will sit close to another competition-winning scheme – a 13-storey office block by Australian outfit Architectus – and will mark the first phase of the Parramatta Square development in the city’s historic centre.

Apartments within the 220m-tall scheme will be arranged ‘around a sequence of vertically stacked neighbourhoods’ built six-storeys high and interspersed with communal facilities.

Grimshaw partner Andrew Cortese said: ‘The building has been designed to maximise amenities for its inhabitants and facilitate community interaction. It uses natural ventilation and provides excellent access to sunlight, with views from every apartment.’

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