Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Design Excellence Series: 130 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
June 24, 2015
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SYDNEY – The fourth Design Excellence event hosted by CTBUH Sydney was held at Hassell Studio on June 24. The discussion revolved around 130 Elizabeth Street, a proposed residential development on the corner of Bathurst and Elizabeth facing Hyde Park in Sydney’s central business district (CBD).
The panel discussion of Design Excellence and130 Elizabeth Street had a full house. 

Four of the five shortlist architects presented their schemes for the site – Luigi Rosselli, of Luigi Rosselli Architects; Philip Vivian, CTBUH NSW Committee Member, and Director, Bates Smart; John Andreas, Director, WMK Architecture; and Damian Barker, Principal, Jackson Teece. FJMT was the other short-listed firm, but were unable to present due to a scheduling conflict.

The event explored a range of issues around design excellence, including the treatment of solar access planes, balancing commercial and design goals, interfacing with the public domain, the difficulties of delivering affordable housing in prime CBD locations, and an extensive discussion on both the technical and commercial considerations in achieving design excellence in tall buildings in Sydney. The exploration of 130 Elizabeth Street’s relationship to heritage buildings and to an adjacent park and tower, as well as the management of occupant amenities were key themes explored in the design-thinking process by the presenters.

The evening concluded with a lively networking session over cheese and wine, and the award of the lucky door prize – a gift set of Polin and Polin wines, one of the evening sponsors.
(Left to right) Presenters Damien Barker, Principal, Jackson Teece, Michael Gaston, Philip Vivian, CTBUH NSW Committee Member, and Director, Bates Smart, Luigi Rosselli, of Luigi Rosselli Architects, and Richard Palmer leads an engaging panel discussion
Luigi Rosselli presenting scheme for 130 Elizabeth Street