Foster + Partners Reveals New Sydney Skyscraper
AS part of a masterplan to design seven new stations for Sydney Metro - Australia’s largest public transportation network - British architecture firm Foster + Partners has revealed a new 39-storey skyscraper above Pitt Street Station.
The building has been designed in partnership with local firm Cox Architecture and will serve as a mixed-use hub within Sydney’s southern Central Business District (CBD).
Above: The tower will be built above the new Pitt Street Station in Sydney's CBD (image courtesy of Foster + Partners).
The tower will contain retail and dining facilities, as well as flexible office space.
It is one of two new skyscrapers rising above the station - Foster + Partners’ tower will sit above the north entrance while over the south a 39-storey residential tower designed by Bates Smart will be constructed.
Above: The building borrows elements from Sydney's heritage architecture (image courtesy of Foster + Partners).
Foster + Partners have been careful to reference Sydney’s historic architecture with their choice in materials - sandstone and bronze, reflecting the neighbouring heritage buildings.
The building is made of three different volumes, each differing in height and orientated towards a different view of the city, specifically framing the town hall and harbour.
The podium of the tower bends to the station entrances while matching the height of adjacent buildings.
The entrance contains a three-storey lobby with two mezzanine floors holding restaurants, cafes, and shops.
The project promises to redefine its corner of the Sydney CBD.
Above: The new tower taking its place on the Sydney skyline (image courtesy of Foster + Partners).
New South Wales, the state in which Sydney resides, has been fast-tracking a number of high-profile construction projects in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has approved more than USD $4.7BN worth of projects, hoping to stimulate the construction sector and assist in the economic recovery.