Reflections of the Grosvenor Place tower.

Reflections of the Grosvenor Place tower. Photo (c) Hamilton Lund

Grosvenor Place

Sunday 3 November

225 George Street, Sydney

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Built

1987

Architect

Harry Seidler, Harry Seidler & Associates

Additional architects

Greg Holman, Harry Seidler & Associates (2009, substantial revamp of ground floor lobby)

Greg Holman, Harry Seidler & Associates (2015–16, second stage, change room facilities and redevelopment of the northern forecourt including construction and fit-out)

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.

For Sydney Open, visitors will be offered a rare opportunity to spend time on an untenanted floors. From the impressive foyer space and piazza, one can venture up onto level 37 boasting stunning 360 degree panoramic views of Sydney’s city and surrounds.

Awards

1989 AIA - Lustig & Moar Prize

1991 AIA (NSW)- Sulman Medal for Public Architecture

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

 

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

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

2012 Green Globe - Achievement Award (10-year sustainability)

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

  • Exterior photograph of the main entrance to Grosvenor Place
  • View of Grosvenor Place's lobby featuring onyx walls.

On Sunday 3 November


What’s open?

Entrance lobby, upper and rear lobby, outdoor piazza, and level 37.


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Need
to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Lines expected

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly

  • Accessible


Opening hours

9am-4pm

Last entry

3.30pm

Address

225 George Street, Sydney


Acknowledgements

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