Apartment Building Corner of George Street and Harris Street Ultimo, NSW

Star Like

The intersection of Broadway and Harris Street is acknowledged as the western gateway to the Sydney CBD. The challenge of this competition is to form one side of the city gateway and complete the strong line of buildings along Harris Street (ABC headquarters, UTS Design School).

The tower is sharp in form and material. The copper-green polished precast concrete panels are shiny and reflect light in varying ways. The building concludes the line of the Harris Street buildings. It is a form that is appealing from all angles as it cannot address just one street or another; it must be viewed from many vantage points.

The “star-like” plan form is a response that enhances the irregular building envelope. The plan form of the tower allows all the apartments to be cross ventilated and the faceted facades generate multiple views and different outlooks for each dwelling.

Location: 849-855 George+Harris Streets, Broadway, Ultimo NSW, Australia 33°52’59.02″S, 151°12’8.04″E
Date: 2003
Design team: Thierry Lacoste, David Stevenson
Photography / images: Lacoste+Stevenson Architects