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Sydney Opera House architect proposes eyesore remedy

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An Australian architect who worked with Jorn Utzon on the Sydney Opera House has proposed construction of a 600m-high 'green' tower on land adjoining the opera house, as the solution to a planning controversy.

Peter Myers' tower block, built on a 50m-diameter plot, would replace the much criticised East Circular Quay development, which is disliked both on design grounds and because it blocks important views of the opera house. Myers' proposal, published in the Sydney Morning Herald to coincide with Utzon's 80th birthday, would give the East Circular Quay developers a partial share in his tower, which would also involve the replacement of the redundant Cahill Expressway, another eyesore.

Working with Ove Arup (the engineer of the opera house), he has come up with a proposal for a 'particularly vivacious' cylindrical tower, with an external lattice structure. Every tenth storey would be left open to reduce wind loading, and these open floors could be planted with vegetation which would cover the building. Recycled cooling water would be used for irrigation.

Myers writes: 'The triangulation created by this new green tower - let's call it 'No. 1 Sydney' - with Bradfield's Harbour Bridge and Utzon's Sydney Opera House would create a precinct of awesome magnificence . . . I am sure you will agree that he [Utzon] could not wish for a better birthday present.'

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