Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Sydney 2015 Opening Event Wynyard Place Sydney - Design Excellence
April 29, 2015
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SYDNEY – The CTBUH in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, held its opening event for 2015 on April 29 with a special evening hosted by HASSELL at their Walsh Bay studio. The event, a continuation of the successful Design Excellence in Sydney Series, was supported by Brookfield Property Partners, RWDI Wind Engineers, Polin & Polin Wines, HASSELL, and WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Brookfield Property Partners’ presented their major commercial and rail interchange development at Wynyard Place, in the heart of Sydney’s central business district (CBD). Originating from the UK, MAKE produced the winning architectural design from the City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition.

Full audience for the CTBUH Australia opening event

Ken Maher of HASSELL explained in a brief presentation the urban context of the site within the larger development plans for George Street and Greater Sydney. This was followed by an introduction by Mike Russell of Brookfield Property Partners for the winning design.

Paul Scott, Director of MAKE Architects, and Architectus Managing Director Ray Brown gave the main presentation of the winning design, including the transport interchange, urban design, and commercial design aspects of the project. This was followed by a robust question and answer session and an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Ken Maher of HASSELL presenting on the urban context
The Design Excellence approach in Sydney institutionalizes design competitions for tall buildings in many ways. On the one hand, it delivers a wealth of conceptual thinking about the form of the city's skyline and urban environment. On the other, it has had a substantial impact on the architectural industry in Sydney, with huge resources dedicated to a great deal of work that does not pass the competition stage. It is also the nature of design competitions that much of the creative competition-thinking gets lost once the competition process has run its course.
Paul Scott, Director of MAKE Architects Ray Brown, Architectus Managing Director
In the interest of knowledge sharing and capturing the creative thinking of design competitions to inform our urban environment, the CTBUH in NSW has selected “Design Excellence” as the theme for its first series of events. The series seeks to capture the approach and thinking of the leading designers of Sydney's tall buildings and urban habitat. The series seeks to share the world-class design wisdom that is at the city’s disposal. It is our hope that this open conversation inspires higher quality urban spaces.

CTBUH in NSW would like to thank the sponsors, speakers, hosts, and audience for bringing the spirit of shared knowledge to the event.

Check the CTBUH Australia page for future events.