Grosvenor Place (Sydney)
The north-east side of Grosvenor Place.
|Owner||Superannuation Fund Investment Trust|
|Roof||180 m (590 ft)|
|Floor area||90,000 m2 (970,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Harry Seidler and Associates|
|Structural engineer||Ove Arup & Partners|
The modern style building occupies an entire block in Sydney's financial district between The Rocks and the Sydney central business district. The complex includes Johnsons Building, Federation House and Royal Naval House – three low-set buildings in Grosvenor Street – with a diagonal path for pedestrians between them and the main structure, which is 180 m tall and contains 44 floors.
The premium grade office tower was designed by Harry Seidler and Associates. In 1989, Grosvenor Place won the RAIA Lustig & Moar National Prize. It also won the 1991 Sulman Award, the fifth design by Seidler and his third office tower to win this award.
Grosvenor Place was instigated by Bob Hammond who stipulated that the building must generate long term value. This mandate was realised through the design of a large, open floor design that allowed whole organisations to occupy complete levels. Internal columns were excluded to provide an uninterrupted space that can be custom designed by tenants.
The form of the skysraper features two crescents with an elliptical central core. The positioning and orientation of Grosvenor Place's two quadrants was chosen to maximise views down George Street towards the Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Sunshades provide the primary energy saving measure and eliminate sky glare. The sunshades are angled depending on their orientation to the sun. Structurally the building consists of a concrete core with steel beams and prefabricated granite facades. Each beam had exactly the same dimensions which reduced building costs and construction time. Each floor contains 2,000 m2 of space, providing a total floor area of 90 000 m2.
True to Seidler's belief that large buildings should be a place where art is displayed, Grosvenor Place contains works by Frank Stella in the 3-storey lobby. The building also houses a 4-level basement carpark and a food court.
- "Grosvenor Place Sydney". Harry Seidler and Associates. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
- Grosvenor Place Official website
- Grosvenor Place, Sydney Emporis.com
- Sydney Architecture Images – Grosvenor Place