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Foster + Partners tipped for landmark Sydney tower

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Foster + Partners is understood to have seen off a raft of big names, including David Chipperfield Architects, to win the contest to design a £890 million office skyscraper in Sydney

According to sources the AJ100 top-ranked practice also beat Australia’s BVN and Hassell, and US giants HOK, KPF and SOM in land the waterfront commission.

The 248m-tall project, for developer Lend Lease, will be built on a key site at 182 George Street, overlooking Circular Quay and Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.

The developer sought proposals for both the tower – expected to be the second tallest habitable building in the city behind WilkinsonEyre’s 271m-tall Crown Sydney Hotel – and a surrounding masterplan. 

The contest is the latest to be held for Sydney’s prominent waterfront commercial district, which is poised for major regeneration.

Last year, Kengo Kuma won a competition for a 57-storey residential skyscraper and 28-storey hotel tower next to the Lend Lease site. The £600 million quayside project, for Chinese developer Wanda, is due to start on site in 2018.

Meanwhile 3XN is designing Quay Quarter Tower, a 49-storey office tower nearby, having defeated SANAA and MVRDV in a design contest two years ago. The project for AMP Capital is also due to start in 2018.

The Lend Lease competition was judged by representatives from the developer and the City of Sydney.

Lendlease declined to comment ‘on [the] speculation’ and Foster + Partners, which is believed to be collaborating with local outfit Architectus and engineers the Robert Bird Group, was also unavailable for comment. 

The full shortlist

  • BVN
  • David Chipperfield Architects
  • Foster + Partners with Architectus
  • HASSELL
  • HOK with PTW
  • KPF with AJC
  • SOM with Fender Katsalidis Architects
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  • Your image of the Fosters proposal eloquently demonstrates just how far the search for novelty in the design of office towers has progressed, with the design bearing a quite uncanny resemblance to Sir Norm himself.

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