List of tallest buildings in Sydney
Sydney, the largest city in Australia, is home to 1,168 completed high-rise buildings, the most in an Australian city. The tallest buildings in the city are heavily concentrated in the central business district, although suburbs within the Sydney metropolitan area, such as Chatswood and Parramatta boast a significant number of high-rises.
As of June 2016, the entire city (including metropolitan suburbs) has 35 buildings that rise at least 150 metres (490 ft) in height. The earliest skyscraper constructed in Sydney was Culwulla Chambers, which stands at a height of 50 metres (160 ft) and was completed in 1912. Designed by Spain, Cosh and Minnett, the building consisted of 14 floors and cost £100,000 to build, equivalent of approximately $1 million in today's money.
Sydney originally had a 46-metre (151 ft) height limit that was enforced until 1957. The abolition of this limit saw a construction boom for skyscrapers and buildings beginning in the early 1960s with the construction of the Australia Square, notable for being the world's tallest light weight concrete building at the time it was builtand also notable for being the first skyscraper in Australia. Since August 1981, the tallest structure in Sydney is the Sydney Tower, at 309 m (1,014 ft). However, according to the international standard of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, observation towers are not fully habitable and do not count as buildings. Hence, the tallest building in Sydney is the Chifley Tower, which was completed in 1992 and stands at 244 m (801 ft). It is also the tenth-tallest building in Australia.
A recent 235-metre (771 ft) height restriction implementation has slowed Sydney's high-rise developments. However, this height restriction was lifted in 2016 which now allows buildings to be built as high as 310 metres (1,020 ft) on condition that public spaces are not overshadowed.
Tallest buildings and structures 150m+ (492ft+)
This is a list of the tallest buildings in the city, which measures all structures to the highest architectural detail.
|-||Sydney Tower||309||1014||19||1977–1981||Observation Tower||CBD||100 Market Street||Although the tallest structure in Sydney, Sydney Tower is not considered a habitable building by the CTBUH as it is primarily an observation tower. 275 m to roof.|
|1||Chifley Tower||244||801||50||1991–1992||Commercial||CBD||122 Phillip Street||Officially the tallest building in Sydney since 1992. It was one of the most expensive buildings in the world at A$1.2 billion. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.|
|2||Citigroup Centre||243||797||50||1998–2000||Commercial||CBD||506 George Street||Designed by Crone Partners|
|3||Deutsche Bank Place||240||787||39||2003–2005||Commercial||CBD||126 Phillip Street||The second-tallest building in the world with fewer than 40 floors (Al Faisaliyah Center (Riyadh) is taller at 267m). 160m to roof. Designed by Norman Foster.|
|4||Meriton World Tower||230||754||75||2001–2004||Residential||CBD||85 Liverpool Street||Tallest residential building in Sydney since 2004. Tallest building in Sydney without a spire. Part of the World Square complex. Designed by Nation Fender Katsalidis.|
|5||MLC Centre||228||748||60||1975–1977||Commercial||CBD||19 Martin Place||244m to antenna and 227m to roof. Tallest building in Sydney from 1977 to 1992. Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|6||Governor Phillip Tower||227||745||54||1991–1993||Commercial||CBD||1 Farrer Place||254m to antenna and 227m to roof. Tallest Building in Sydney to antenna. Designed by Denton Corker Marshall.|
|7||Ernst & Young Tower||222||728||45||2003–2004||Commercial||CBD||680 George Street||190m to roof. Part of the World Square complex.|
|8||RBS Tower||219||718||41||1998–2000||Commercial||CBD||88 Phillip Street||More commonly known as Aurora Place but officially RBS Tower. 188m to roof. Designed by Renzo Piano.|
|9||International Tower 1||217||711||49||2014–2016||Commercial||Barangaroo||Hickson Road||Currently topped-out.|
|10||ANZ Tower||195||639||46||2010–2013||Commercial||CBD||163 Castlereagh Street||Designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp|
|11||Suncorp Place||193||633||48||1970–1982||Commercial||CBD||259 George Street||Construction began in 1970 and was not completed until 1982, as the project was delayed many times.|
|12||AMP Centre||188||616||45||1973–1976||Commercial||CBD||50 Bridge Street||Tallest building in Sydney from 1976–1977. Currently undergoing major redevelopment, will be replaced by Quay Quarter Tower. Designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker.|
|13||Century Tower||N/A||183||600||50||1994–1997||Residential||CBD||343 Pitt Street||Tallest residential building in Sydney from 1997–2004.|
|14||Grosvenor Place||180||590||45||1984–1988||Commercial||CBD||225 George Street||Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|15||International Tower 2||178||583||43||2013–2015||Commercial||Barangaroo||Hickson Road||Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.|
|16||Altitude Apartments - Tower A||177||581||55||2014–2016||Residential||Parramatta||330 Church Street||Currently topped out|
|17||Capita Centre||173||567||31||1987–1989||Commercial||CBD||9 Castlereagh Street||Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|=18||Australia Square Tower||170||557||46||1965–1967||Commercial||CBD||264 George Street||Tallest building in Sydney from 1967–1976. Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|=18||Meriton Tower||170||557||48||2004–2006||Residential||CBD||551 George Street||Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|=18||Metro Grand Residences||170||557||40||2012–2014||Residential||Chatswood||438 Victoria Avenue|||
|=21||The Peak Apartments||168||551||46||1992–1996||Residential||Haymarket||2 Quay Street||Tallest residential building in Sydney from 1996–1997. Part of the Market City complex.|
|=21||International Tower 3||168||551||40||2013–2016||Commercial||Barangaroo||Hickson Road||Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.|
|=23||1 O'Connell Street||N/A||166||544||36||19??–1991||Commercial||CBD||1 O'Connell Street||Designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker.|
|=23||Westpac Place||166||544||35||2003–2005||Commercial||CBD||251 Kent Street||Designed by Johnson Pilton Walker|
|25||201 Elizabeth Street||N/A||165||541||40||1976–1978||Commercial||CBD||201 Elizabeth Street||There are plans to demolish the building to build a new 174m residential building|
|26||Gateway Plaza||164||538||46||1988–1989||Commercial||CBD||1 Macquarie Place||Designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker.|
|27||HSBC Centre||162||531||37||1986–1988||Commercial||CBD||586 George Street|
|28||The Cove||N/A||158||518||45||2001–2003||Residential||CBD||129 Harrington Street||Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|29||Hordern Towers||N/A||156||511||48||1997–1999||Residential||CBD||401 Pitt Street||Part of the World Square Complex.|
|=30||200 George Street||155||508||40||2013–2015||Commercial||CBD||200 George Street||Designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.|
|=30||Metro Spire Residences||155||508||37||2012–2014||Residential||Chatswood||440 Victoria Avenue|||
|=32||Angel Place||N/A||152||498||35||1995–2000||Commercial||CBD||117 Pitt Street||Designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker.|
|=32||Sydney Central||N/A||152||498||31||1990–1992||Commercial||CBD||477 Pitt Street|
|=34||85 Castlereagh Street||N/A||151||495||32||2009–2011||Commercial||CBD||85 Castlereagh Street||Part of the Sydney Tower complex. Designed by John Wardle Architects.|
|=34||Lumière Residences||151||495||47||2004–2007||Residential||CBD||487 George Street||Designed by Norman Foster.|
Buildings above 200 metres in height
Tallest buildings proposed, approved and under construction
|Aspire Parramatta (Phase 2)||300||980||90||Residential||2020||Parramatta||Proposed|
|Crown Sydney||271||889||75||Mixed Use||2019/2020||Barangaroo||Under construction|
|197 Church Street||266||873||80||Residential||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|20-22 Macquarie Street||265||869||85||Mixed Use||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|505 George Street||264||866||78||Residential||TBA||Sydney CBD||Proposed|
|182 George Street||263||863||54||Commercial||TBA||Sydney CBD||Proposed|
|One Sydney Harbour Tower 1||247||810||70||Residential||2020||Barangaroo||Proposed|
|Aspire Parramatta (Phase 1)||243||797||70||Residential||2020||Paramatta||Proposed|
|338 Pitt Street||240||790||68||Residential||TBA||Sydney CBD||Proposed|
|Greenland Centre Sydney||237||778||68||Residential||2019||Sydney CBD||Under construction|
|Darling Park Tower 4||235||771||60||Commercial||TBA||Darling Harbour||Proposed|
|7 Hassall Street||220||720||63||Residential||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|Quay Quarter Tower||216||709||54||Commercial||2020||Sydney CBD||Approved|
|The Star||215||705||TBA||Mixed Use||2020||Pyrmont||Proposed|
|100 Christie Street||215||705||65||Mixed Use||TBA||St Leonards||Proposed|
|48 Macquarie Street||210||690||61||Residential||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|One Sydney Harbour Tower 2||207||679||60||Residential||2020||Barangaroo||Proposed|
|2-10 Phillip Street||200||660||58||Residential||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|1 Alfred Street||197||646||59||Residential||2020||Sydney CBD||Under Construction|
|St Leonards Central Tower 1||190||620||55||Mixed Use||TBA||St Leonards||Proposed|
|87 Church Street||187||614||55||Residential||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|142 Macquarie Street||180||590||32||Mixed Use||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|180 George Street Tower 1||180||590||55||Residential||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|180 George Street Tower 2||180||590||50||Residential||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|Altitude Apartments Tower A||177||581||55||Mixed Use||2017||Parramatta||Under Construction|
|Westfield Tower||175||574||40 -||Commercial||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|201 Elizabeth Street||174||571||51||Residential||TBA||Sydney CBD||Proposed|
|295 Church Street||173||568||50||Residential||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|New Life||172||564||55||Residential||TBA||St Leonards||Proposed|
|45 Victor Street||170||560||50||Residential||TBA||Chatswood||Proposed|
|City Tattersalls Club Tower||168||551||48||Mixed Use||TBA||Sydney CBD||Proposed|
|St Leonards Central Tower 2||168||551||48||Mixed Use||TBA||St Leonards||Proposed|
|189 Macquarie Street North Tower||167||548||54||Residential||2017||Parramatta||Under Construction|
|33 Bligh Street||165||541||30||Commercial||TBA||Sydney CBD||On Hold|
|1 Denison Street (Channel Nine Studios)||157||515||39||Commercial||TBA||North Sydney||Proposed|
|74 Church Street||155||509||44||Mixed Use||TBA||Parramatta||Proposed|
|6 Parramatta Square||154||505||31||Commercial||2020||Parramatta||Under Construction|
|The Landmark||152||499||46||Residential||TBA||St Leonards||Under Construction|
|Riverside Tower||152||499||41||Residential||TBA||Parramatta||Under Construction|
|59 Goulburn Street||150||490||40||Mixed Use||TBA||Sydney CBD||Proposed|
Timeline of tallest buildings
|Name||Years as tallest||Height (m)||Height (ft)||Floors||Notes|
|St James' Church||1824–1875||52||170||-|
|Town Hall||1875–1879||57||187||4||Clock tower added in 1875.|
|Garden Palace||1879–1882||64||209||2||Destroyed by fire in 1882, site is today part of the Royal Botanic Gardens.|
|General Post Office||1891–1939||73||239||5|
|Sydney Harbour Bridge||-||134||439||-||Tallest structure in Sydney 1932–1956.|
|TCN TV Tower||-||171||561||-||Tallest structure in Sydney 1956–65, replaced by taller 233 m tower in 1965.|
|TCN TV Tower||-||233||764||-||Tallest structure in Sydney 1965–81; tallest lattice tower in Australia; replaced original 1956 tower.|
|State Office Block||1965–1967||128||419||32||Demolished in 1997 to make way for Aurora Place.|
|Australia Square Tower||1967–1976||170||557||46|
|Sydney Tower||-||309||1013||19||Tallest structure in Sydney 1981–present.|
|Chifley Tower||1992–present||244||801||50||Tallest building in Sydney; 10th-tallest building in Australia.|
|Crown Sydney||2020-||271||889||75||Currently under construction. When completed, it will be the tallest building in Sydney|
- List of tallest buildings in Chatswood
- List of tallest buildings in Parramatta
- List of tallest buildings in Australia
- List of tallest buildings and structures in Australia
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- List of tallest buildings in Oceania
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