Dexus and Frasers Property Australia
Fender Katsalidis and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Central Place Sydney is a commercial precinct being developed at Australia’s largest tech hub, Tech Central in Sydney, Australia.
The A$2.5bn ($1.8bn) project is being developed by a partnership of Dexus and Frasers Property Australia.
Central Place Sydney will support the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s goal of creating a world-class innovation precinct.
It is designed as a sustainable commercial development with a workplace environment integrating nature and amenities. Fender Katsalidis and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) team was appointed to design the project in August 2020.
The project proposal was approved to move to stage three under the NSW Government’s Unsolicited Proposal (USP) process in April 2020. Once all outstanding issues are cleared in the third stage, the developers will make a binding offer that will be assessed by the government. The approval comes after the completion of the evaluation of Stage 2 Detailed Proposal by the government.
The project will generate 700 construction jobs and more than 10,000 jobs upon completion.
Central Place Sydney location
Central Place Sydney will be located next to Atlassian’s new headquarters at Tech Central and will be the focal point of Tech Central.
It will strengthen the Central Station, Sydney’s busiest transport interchange, by transforming the western edge of the station with new commercial buildings and improved public spaces.
The precinct will offer vibrant retail and dining options and aims to become one of the most happening places to work or visit.
Central Place Sydney will feature two commercial towers, including a 37-storey tower and a 39-storey tower, connected by a low-rise podium building anchoring the project. The central building will be located at the southern edge of Henry Deane Plaza.
The precinct will feature the world’s first closed cavity façade system powered by artificial intelligence and solar glass. The façades will provide shadow to the interiors while reducing heat gain.
The two buildings are designed as three individual structures to minimise their visual density, meanwhile the height, massing, and material palette complement the nearby heritage buildings. The podiums of the buildings are designed in contrast with the towers above them.
Each tower is unique in terms of the scale, height, and materiality, but their peculiar shapes make them appear as one group. The shape of the towers can mitigate wind forces and allow natural light.
Central Place Sydney features
The tech-focused design of Central Place Sydney will consume 100% renewable energy and will feature number of healthy building initiatives such as touchless entry points.
The central building will rise to its height in a series of tiers, with garden terraces offering views from each floor. Spaces between the towers will ensure the free flow of pedestrians.
Curved sandstone forms will blend appropriately with the ambience of the precinct. The ground floor of the building will feature a retail area merging with the plaza. The commercial areas located on the upper levels will connect to the new towers, forming campus-style floorplates. The floorplates will have natural ventilation through operable windows and an automated façade system.
Each floor of the buildings is devised as a distinct neighbourhood connected by common amenity spaces. The towers will feature outdoor terraces, winter gardens, light-filled atria, and mixed-mode environments to provide an outdoor-indoor environment for the occupants.
Central Place Sydney will offer 150,000m² of workspace. Offices in the towers will be highly adaptable and will have an option to be combined or expanded within and between the floors. The flexible workspaces will be suitable to serve technology and innovation companies as per their evolving needs.
The development will include public realm improvements to enable improved experiences for more than 20 million pedestrians a year. Central Place Sydney will be surrounded by landscaped public spaces, designed for easy movement of pedestrians and to connect the area with the neighbouring communities.