The practice was commissioned via an international competition to redesign an entire city block on the site of Australia’s First Government House in the heart of the financial and legal precinct of Sydney’s CBD. The resulting design includes Governor Phillip Tower and Governor Macquarie Tower, the new Museum of Sydney, the restoration of two rows of terrace houses and two public plazas. The development also contains the archaeologically significant site of Australia’s first Government House and new public art commemorating the history of the site.
Governor Phillip Tower is the tallest tower at 64 levels and provides 56,000m2 of premium office accommodation. It is elevated on a podium above the site. The office tower has a polished grey granite shaft and a cap of slender stainless steel fins puncturing the skyline, that appears to draw the mass of the building upwards, visually separating the tower from the reading of the 19th century street. The sandstone podium reflects the street level context of heritage properties.