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RSHP unveils Barangaroo towers

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed the first part of its masterplan for Barangaroo South in Sydney, Australia

PLANSSECTIONS • ELEVATIONS • EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC • PROJECT DATA • ARCHITECT’S VIEW

Opening out onto the harbour front, the scheme includes three towers of 49, 43 and 39 storeys tall which create more than 300,000m2 of office space. 

According to the practice the three towers were ‘conceived as three sibling buildings, harmonious but with distinct details providing individual character.’ 

They feature 2,500m2 floor plates, day-lit lift lobbies, and large open vertical spaces which run throughout the buildings. 

Commenting on the scheme, Richard Rogers said: ‘Sydney is one of the most magnificent port cities in the world, but historically the city has never reached the waterfront. One of the main aims of this project was to extend the CBD down to the waterfront, creating a new district of work and leisure, with 50 per cent open space. 

‘Since the towers have been built, the area has been teeming with people, life and vitality, showing that this was absolutely the right response to the area. Working on a project of this scale has been an incredible opportunity for the practice to undertake a high quality piece of placemaking.’ 

The ongoing £3 billion scheme is Sydney’s largest urban regeneration project since the 2000 Olympics and aims to reconnect the city’s central business district with the waterfront. 

Further projects to complete in the area include three luxury residential towers by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and a 235m-tall hotel by Wilkinson Eyre.

Barangaroo tower by RSHP

Barangaroo tower by RSHP

Architect’s view 

Eight years after their inception, the commercial towers and streets of Barangaroo are complete and are being rapidly occupied. The journey has been long, but much quicker than imagined in 2008. 

We designed the towers and their surrounding streetscape and waterfront holistically, and have worked to ensure the delivery lives up to that high standard, retaining and enhancing the core place making concepts that set them apart years ago. 

This has been a globally outstanding piece of city centre regeneration that will establish a new benchmark worldwide, and of which I am very proud to have played a part. 

The towers’ design turns convention on its head, creating a workplace for the future. Day-lit lift lobbies, panoramic prows, 100 per cent fresh air, high ceilings and large open vertical spaces throughout the buildings all combine to promote a state of the art workplace. 

The unconventional lobbies are transparent and inviting, weaving into Barangaroo South’s tight network of streets and lanes, enriching the development, adding a new dimension to Sydney’s outdoor culture, and helping to give the towers human scale and impact at ground level. The facades are functional as well as elegant, utilising a combination of horizontal and vertical shading to protect from solar load, reducing the energy needed for cooling, whilst also providing a unique colour, scale, filigree and grain to the individual towers.

Plans

Ground floor

Barangaroo RSHP Ground floor

Barangaroo RSHP Ground floor

First floor

Barangaroo RSHP First floor

Barangaroo RSHP First floor

Third floor

Barangaroo RSHP Third floor

Barangaroo RSHP Third floor

Twenty-fifth floor

Barangaroo RSHP 25th floor

Barangaroo RSHP 25th floor

Forty-first floor

Barangaroo RSHP 41st floor

Barangaroo RSHP 41st floor

Section

Barangaroo RSHP Section AA

Barangaroo RSHP Section AA

Elevations

North 

Barangaroo RSHP North elevation

Barangaroo RSHP North elevation

South

Barangaroo RSHP South elevation

Barangaroo RSHP South elevation

West

Barangaroo RSHP West elevation

Barangaroo RSHP West elevation

Exploded axonometric

Barangaroo tower by RSHP

Barangaroo tower by RSHP

Project data

Location Sydney, Australia
Type of project office
Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Developer Lend Lease  
Project commenced 2008
Project completed 2016
Gross internal floor area 300,000m2

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  • Swollen versions of the existing ugly tat disfiguring the waterfront.

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