2018 NSW Commercial Architecture Commendation, AIA
2018 NSW Interior Architecture Commendation (Grimshaw fit-out), AIA
Grimshaw’s new Sydney studio at 333 George Street represents an evolution of this global practice in its relation to the city. Immersed in its historic location, it engages with the city, making the process of architectural production visible.
The Grimshaw-designed building sits at one of Sydney’s most significant heritage intersections: where Regimental Square meets George Street, opposite Martin Place. It was designed to strengthen the experience of this historic corner, and celebrate the character of its setting. Defining its George Street entry is a series of fluted sandstone columns – a nod to the mason’s craft that defines this heritage precinct. By contrast, the contoured glass facade forms a transparent veil on which the surrounding sandstone buildings are reflected. Deep cantilevered floor plates and a series of landscaped roof terraces on the upper levels strengthen ties between occupants and the city.
Occupying Level 2, the Grimshaw studio has the most intimate exchange of views with its heritage neighbours and the public realm. Every detail of the fit-out is designed to enhance this interaction and exchange, from a 12-metre communal kitchen table to co-working benches, a boardroom curved to face the cafes below, and the beautifully coffered ceiling that unites the studio’s zones and services while managing its acoustics.
From the studio entry, a ‘concierge’ touchdown looks over an elevated architectural drawing room; next is the model-making workshop and gallery and then the open studio arena. Like the building itself, the entire studio is thoughtfully designed to interact with those both inside and out.
Lobby, Grimshaw studio (level 2)
Grimshaw’s involvement in Sydney Open has been made possible by 333 George’s building owner and manager Charter Hall.