In the heart of Sydney’s CBD, ivy is a vibrant, youthful meeting place, a “house” in the city. The complex, with architecture by Woods Bagot, consists of 12 boutique shops, 18 bars, nine restaurants, one of Sydney’s largest ballrooms, a sunken garden atrium, two penthouse suites and a rooftop pool.
The building features two lanes that run through the complex, rebuilding the site’s historical pedestrian linkages and activating Sydney’s neglected city laneways. The result is a building that is removed from the hectic bustle of the city, creating an urban oasis – a place to meet, socialise and lounge.
ivy’s built form is sensitive to context relationships in George Street. Historical mapping of the Société Générale and NAB facades influenced the materiality and scale of the design, reinterpreted as a grid facade inspired by the mid-century houses of Paul Rudolph.
With interiors that refer to domesticity and the home, the challenge for ivy was to create an interdisciplinary dialogue including diverse, yet cohesive materials, forms, detailing, lighting, scale and line of sight choices to connect the interactive indoor/outdoor spaces and define the essence of ivy as an urban playground.