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Multiuse Project in Sydney Acts as a Sanctuary in Bustling City Center

This 20,000-square-meter mixed-use complex is a vibrant location in downtown Sydney, located on the popular George Street. Comprised of 12 boutique shops, 18 bars, nine restaurants, two penthouse suites, a rooftop pool, a garden atrium, and one of the city’s largest ballrooms, Ivy is an intricate scheme that seamlessly reinvigorates previously neglected pedestrian areas.

Within the public center of the mixed-use site are two lanes that link to surrounding walkways. Once there, visitors can get away from the ongoing bustle of the city and rest or socialize.

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The architectural forms are also sensitive to the historical surroundings, such as the original 1895 building for the Equitable Life Assurance Society of America, designed by Edward Raht.

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 project to its surrounding context.






Sydney, Australia

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20,000 square meters


The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age’s ‘Australia’s Best Houses’ – ivy Penthouse

Urbis Magazine’s Design Annual- Best Australian Building

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IDEA09 Interior Design Excellence Awards

  • IDEA09 Overall Winner
  • Hospitality Winner
  • Multi-Residential, Highly Commended

Australian Institute of Architects National Awards 2009

  • Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture
  • National Award (Urban Design)

Interior Design Awards, Australia 2009

  • Best of State, Commercial Design, New South Wales
  • Hospitality Design Award

Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) 2009

  • Lloyd Rees Award for Outstanding Urban Design
  • Commercial Architecture Award