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With its statement entry and distinctive soaring yet seductive tower, the scheme is a proposed landmark workplace precinct at 55 Pitt Street.
Woods Bagot and SHoP Architects have won a hotly contested international design excellence competition to be appointed as design partners on Mirvac’s future focused workplace precinct – 55 Pitt Street – in Sydney, Australia.
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Described as an “outstanding” entry that “exceeded the jurors’ requirements,” 55 Pitt Street will truly be a workplace of the future. The proposal is set apart by its dramatic Pitt Street entry statement and distinctive soaring tower, as well as its dedication to the task of seamlessly integrating into the urban landscape at ground level. 55 Pitt Street will also consider the site prior to the time of early European settlement, when it formed part of the harbour shoreline, by weaving this fascinating history into the lobby and entry hall design with the use of cascading water features, lush landscaping and indigenous narratives.
Director and Global Design Leader Domenic Alvaro explains, “we want to bring people back to work post-COVID, and the priorities were health and well-being and access to fresh air and outdoor spaces. We wanted to have high levels of flexibility and to push the idea of a place of creation and socialisation and teamwork, in a beautiful environment with greenery, fresh air and naturally ventilated spaces. A lot of our thinking was also based around the Indigenous cultural heritage of the area, performance and authenticity of expression.”
With frontages to Pitt, Underwood and Dalley Streets, 55 Pitt Street has the potential to deliver approximately 70,000 sqm of premium commercial and activated retail space as part of a vibrant new destination that will contribute towards the revitalisation of the iconic Circular Quay precinct.
Now in its sixteenth year, WAF is the most prestigious international architecture prize judged by a panel of the world’s leading industry figureheads. The program spans 44 categories across completed buildings, future projects, landscapes, and interiors.