Entrance to Grosvenor Place. Photo © Tom Jones

Grosvenor Place 2018

Sunday 4 November

225 George Street, Sydney

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Built

1987

Architect

Harry Seidler, Harry Seidler & Associates

Additional architects

1989 Lustig & Moar Prize – AIA (National)

1991 Sulman Medal for Public Architecture – AIA (NSW)

2010 Interior Architecture Award (for ground floor refurbishment) – AIA (NSW)

2010‒11 Lighting Design Award of Excellence (ground floor refurbishment)

2012 Green Globe Achievement Award (10-year sustainability)

One of the most complex and celebrated works by architect Harry Seidler, Grosvenor Place was conceived as a civic sculpture, and a ‘camera to the view’. Its two crescent towers, split by an elliptical core, function as ‘convex lenses’, trained towards the Sydney Opera House on one side, and Darling Harbour on the other.

Heralded on completion for its column-free floor plates and innovative environmental design, including external sun-louvres to maximise daylight and minimise air-conditioning, Grosvenor Place won Seidler (in 1991) his fifth Sulman Award from the Australian Institute of Architects.

As with every Seidler building, art is integral to the fabric and culture of Grosvenor Place. Seidler commissioned pre-eminent New York artist Frank Stella to paint the monumental reliefs that animate the lobby’s granite walls.

Today, Grosvenor Place is the workplace for more than 5000 Sydneysiders, and demonstrates resilience through ongoing adaptation by Harry Seidler & Associates – custodians of the Seidler design principles and the tower’s environmental DNA. The redesigned ground-floor lobby is now the main processional entry from George Street, where Sydney’s new light rail system will soon open, while the Grosvenor Place Piazza, launched in 2016, offers alfresco dining day and night, at some of Sydney’s most innovative restaurants, including Neil Perry’s Rosetta.

Reflecting social changes, luxurious end-of-trip facilities were added in 2015, providing showers, lockers and over 170 bicycle parking spaces for workers. For Sydney Open, visitors will be able to take an insider’s glimpse into the exclusive Camerino end-of-trip facilities.

Awards

1989 Lustig & Moar Prize – AIA (National)

1991 Sulman Medal for Public Architecture – AIA (NSW)

2009 Excellence in Construction (Refurbishment, Renovation, Extension) MBA

2010 Interior Architecture Award (for ground floor refurbishment) – AIA (NSW)

2010‒11 Lighting Design Award of Excellence (ground floor refurbishment)

2012 MBA Excellence in Construction (Adaptive Re-use of Historic Building)

On Sunday 4 November


What’s open?

Entrance lobby, upper lobby, outdoor piazza, Camerino


Talks, tours & more

Guided tours of the luxurious Camerino end of trip facilities will depart from the lobby at regular intervals throughout the day.


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Need
to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Lines expected

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Accessible


Opening hours

10am – 4pm

Last entry

3.45pm

Address

225 George Street, Sydney


Acknowledgements

Grosvenor Place’s involvement in Sydney Open has been made possible by Dexus, Mirvac Group and Arcadia.