Though lockdown life has us feeling like every day is Groundhog Day, change is coming.
If everything goes to plan, (haha, remember plans?) Sydney’s skyline will be transformed by a wealth of new skyscrapers and eco-conscious developments in less than a decade. Either in their final approval stages or currently under construction, here are the most spectacular towers coming to town.
Quay Quarter Tower
Billions of dollars have been pumped into Sydney’s CBD waterfront refurb, and not a penny has been spared on the redevelopment of the AMP centre, soon to become Quay Quarter Tower. Under construction since 2018, Quay Quarter will stand at 216 metres tall, with 54 floors looking out over Circular Quay and Bennelong Point. Located at 50 Bridge St, the $3 billon development sprawls two city blocks, or 11,000 square metres, while the design of the tower sees a series of five vertical villages stacked on top of each other at different angles to capture the light and epic views. Slated to be completed next year, Quay Quarter will become the new AMP office HQ, while a thriving dining, retail and residential precinct will move in below.
338 Pitt Street
While at first a somewhat eerie image, Pitt Street’s own twin towers will be connected by a sky bridge and considered a single residential building. And not just any residential building, but Sydney’s tallest. The pair of 80-storey skyscrapers will include 592 apartments and a 158-room hotel and occupy almost half a city block, bound by Liverpool, Castlereagh, and Pitt Streets. With Sydney council approving the project earlier this year, construction is set to begin soon.
Dubbed ‘The Silicon Valley of Sydney’, the zone between Chippendale and central station will soon become a tech hub spanning over 24 hectares. The innovative project is Sydney’s most significant CBD development in over a decade and will transform the area into a sustainably designed precinct with two tech-focused towers completely powered by renewable energy. The $2.5 billion buildings will also incorporate ‘healthy building initiatives’ including touchless entry points and a closed cavity facade system powered by artificial intelligence and solar glass. In its final approval stages, this futuristic fun-zone is hoping to begin construction next year with the first stage of the project completed in 2025.
Perhaps the most breathtaking of all Sydney’s soon-to-be-skyscrapers is tech giant Atlassian’s new HQ, which once completed, will be the tallest hybrid structure in the world. The $1 billion, 180-metre-high building will neighbour the Central Place towers in Sydney-con Valley and will feature natural ventilation technology and gardens on every floor, a la One Central Park. As with its muse, sustainability is at the core of this project, with three ambitious targets set to be achieved: running off 100% renewable energy, reducing the operational carbon by 50%, and reducing the embodied carbon by 50%.
505 George Street
At the beloved site of George Street cinema you will soon be able to watch a movie from the comfort of your own apartment within the tallest residential building in the city. Dwarfing most other Sydney skyscrapers, the 270-metre tall tower will house 507 apartments as well as a rooftop restaurant and bar—hopefully with a really high fence. Though George St is no stranger to construction (haha, remember the light rail?) this development faces significant logistical hurdles, so we’re looking at an ETA of 2027.