Opened in June 2016, Mirvac’s 200 George Street, known as EY Centre, is one of a new breed of skyscrapers designed to make a more considered contribution to both streetscape and skyline.
EY Centre straddles the city’s financial and cultural districts, and is the new headquarters of accounting giant Ernst & Young, and home to developers Mirvac. The building design by architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) rejects the ‘cold metallic box’ in favour of warm overlapping rounded towers, with the building’s timber and glass facade emitting a golden glow.
Importantly, this advanced environmental skin combines automated timber blinds with vertical timber shading panels and three layers of high-performance glazing, allowing the outer surface to adapt to both external conditions and the needs of its occupants. A simpler (low-rise) precursor to this system was developed by FJMT for its award-winning Surry Hills Library & Community Centre.
Just as Harry Seidler’s nearby Grosvenor Place offset its twin towers as ‘lenses’ to the view, so too do EY Centre’s overlapping towers with primary view corridors – north to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, south down George Street – while maximising daylight into all 37 levels.
Where the towers touch down on George Street, natural granite flooring visually extends a welcome from the streetscape to the podium. Retail across the ground level between George and Underwood streets will incorporate landscaping, public artworks and heritage interpretation of artefacts that were unearthed during site excavations.
With its use of natural materials, more than 300 bicycle spaces (including 50 for visitors), charging for electric cars and Australia’s first completely LED-lit building, EY Centre achieves a 6 Star Green Star rating for Office design and is targeting a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating for performance. It is also equipped to capture data and report on air quality, water and power usage to help the occupants manage their carbon footprints into the future.
Levels 27 and 28
Sunday 6 November
10am – 4pm
Members get priority access to this building
Show your special Member wristband or Membership Card to gain priority access during Sydney Open.
Photography permitted of external views, but no photos can be taken of the interior
EY Centre’s involvement in Sydney Open has been made possible by Mirvac Group, Mirvac Property Trust Capital Wholesale Office Fund and AMP Capital.