The two commercial towers at One Farrer Place reach for the sky in a tribute to classicism and a legacy of place.
Governor Macquarie Tower and Governor Phillip Tower form part of the early 1990s redevelopment of an entire city block, bounded by Bridge, Bent, Phillip and Young streets, that includes the Museum of Sydney and First Government House Place. The project was designed by the Sydney office of Denton Corker Marshall, whose Sydney principals went on to establish Johnson Pilton Walker.
The towers step in height from 64 storeys (Governor Phillip) down to 46 (Governor Macquarie), sharing a foyer beneath a 16-metre-high glass roof. Their skins of sandstone and granite, inlaid with bronze and stainless steel invoke a quiet monumentalism, respectful of the site’s past and present.
From the elevated vantage point of the site, early governors had once surveyed the fledgling colony. In the 1980s, archaeologists found footings of the first Government House where today’s Museum of Sydney stands.
The original building is now outlined in the paving outside at First Government House Place, and one of the sites of first contact marked by Edge of the Trees – a totem forest by artists Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley. This commemorative plaza at the foot of the towers won the 1995 Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design.
Designed to capture and engage with the spirit of Sydney’s Central Business District (CDB), the second Dexus Place for Sydney is located on the 15th floor of Governor Macquarie Tower (GMT). Dexus Place GMT caters for a wide variety of spaces, its dynamic wall configuration allows for small meeting rooms or workshops right up to a large auditorium that’s capable of comfortably accommodating 180 people - along with a modern business lounge and cafe-style breakout space.
The careful planning and clean sightlines together with the thoughtful mix of Scandinavian influenced designer furniture and finishes, greenery and overall sense of openness and transparency make the space a very natural, comfortable environment for any meeting-style or event to take place.
Originally a decayed area utilised predominantly for car park exhaust and other building requirements, The Terrace at One Farrer has been transformed into a unique and contemporary outdoor event space. With its heritage sandstone building outlooks, sweeping city views, and expansive decked area, The Terrace is the perfect blank canvas for any event. Using premium finishes, landscaped greenery and designer outdoor furniture the space can entertain up to 120 guests.
Level 15 – Dexus Place and The Terrace
No photography on ground floor
Dexus Place and The Terrace’s involvement in Sydney Open has been made possible by Dexus, Lend Lease, GPT.