View Full Version : Sydney's Regent Place- a Chronological study
August 3rd, 2007, 06:48 AM
One of the great residential complexes in Australia is nearing completion.
Located on probably finest location in Sydney- cnr George & Bathurst streets.
All started when the dear old Regent theatre (1928) was torn down in 1989 to make way for a 40story office tower. It didnt eventuate for years.Shops were built on the site in 2000 and the site finally bought bu Stanley Quok from Greencliff dev in 2002.
A design comp was finally held and in March/03 it was won by Norman Foster architects.
The DA was lodged on Aug 22/03.
Lumiere (cnr George & Bathurst Streets)
storeys-47 (8 below-total-55)
Frasier Suites (near cnr Bathurst & Kent Streets)
storeys-33 (8 below total-41)
The hole which stood for many years.
we all got excited on April3/04. first sign of action
the 35storey Fraser Suites externally completed may1/06
always a momentous occasion /first glass
the podium still has scaffolding and should be completed in month of August i feel.
then we should get some nice completed shots.
August 3rd, 2007, 07:07 AM
^ i've never heard of it, where's that?
August 4th, 2007, 12:08 AM
Nice run through of the whole construction Cul. Oh, those days when all we had was a big hole in the ground. The last decade has truly been a wonderful one in Sydney in respect to our black holes in the CBD.
August 4th, 2007, 07:24 AM
Thanks for wading through the numerous pics CULWULLA.
From seeing the Regent Theatre unfortunately knocked down in the dead of night, the discount bookstores that eventually replaced it, then looking down into the pit seeing a puddle of water & moss....now just memories.
On the old OZScrapers site, forumers betting on either Meriton Tower or lumiere would to start construction first, also now seems so far away.
Anyway, now that the glass has been cleaned on lumiere, the 2 towers look pure class on the skyline, side-by-side from the inner-west.
The next step of course is the opening of the retail component. The Meriton Tower arcade has very subdued lighting for its signage in the evenings so hopefully we'll get some kewl signage adhered along George on Regent Place.
August 5th, 2007, 02:48 AM
One of the best.
August 5th, 2007, 04:51 AM
Thanks Cul for collecting the info and photos. :)
I'm glad to see the story come to an end, twenty years after it began. I remember asking myself what they were ever going to do to the site.
One's Sydney's most famous holes has produced one of the city's best.
Was it worth the wait. It was :) In the end we got two world class skyscrapers.
August 6th, 2007, 06:14 AM
lots of cleaning goin on
August 6th, 2007, 09:23 AM
Can't believe the difference cleaning the windows has made (esp. when compared to uncleaned segments!).
Think I'm actually going to like or at least properly tolerate this one...
August 8th, 2007, 01:05 AM
I check out the skyline from my apartment every night awaiting for the tubes on the crown to alight. I'm sure gazmo (if he's in town) may be doing the same. Possibly a couple of weeks away.
...and how squat does HSBC seem now as a result of lumiere just a stone's throw!?
It's a'scrubbin' up real good! :crazy2:
August 8th, 2007, 06:03 PM
Came across this pic by Fabian, taken from World Square in late 2004 when about 10 of us were whirled up to the 68th floor courtesy of CUL & Meriton. Thought it was worth posting, seeing that it's a rare(r) perspective.
August 8th, 2007, 10:13 PM
That photo was on level 60 from the pool. I took it at Sydney Open 04.
August 8th, 2007, 10:49 PM
So it wasn't the day a huge bogong moth flew into your big hairdo in the elevator?
Well, there you go.
August 9th, 2007, 06:20 AM
scaffold coming down. podium looks great.
August 9th, 2007, 10:03 AM
^^ Majestic. Almost the scale of the gronky cineplex.
Thanks for that.
August 9th, 2007, 11:12 AM
lots of cleaning goin on
The crown was lit last night well a part was at the very least. A single white Vertical bar on the left most portion of the top was lit on the north side fascade. Looked ok but prob just testing it.
August 9th, 2007, 01:07 PM
August 12th, 2007, 01:31 PM
^^ Well, the testing of one tube.
Walked past the site today, and the "pods" overlooking George Street are juuuuust great. There is one also near the entrance to lumiere on Bathurst Street.
Between the pods on George, they are constructing the small metallic awnings, which all of it matches the podium levels to Fraser Suites on Kent.
Also @ the entrance on Bathurst, the piping is in place for the water feature as per this render below. I imagine the water for the feature will be "recyclable" ie the same water will be used over & over again, with just a few top-ups now & then due to spillage and evaporation. The glass bottom of the indoor pool above will also be visible as such:
The pod-like structures over Fraser Suites' entrance & the blades:
August 12th, 2007, 01:40 PM
there was yet another article in todays tele about Lumiere. I still cant believe it has a 50m swimming ? not 20m or 30m but 50m!!!
Fraser suites has a 20m pool on lev3 with glass roof but Lumieres 50m pool is on roof of lev4.open air with columns and part covered by tower.
the pool measures 50m x9m. it has a walkbridge over from lounge/rest area.
When i go up St Martins again ill zoom in on the pool. should be able to see all of it.
podium roof plan.
August 15th, 2007, 06:06 AM
as promised, a pic of the pool
this is norther end which is exposed to sky.then it flows under tower becomes indoor pool.
looking glorious under dark skies
August 15th, 2007, 10:38 AM
I will be hiring out the 2 level, 3 bedroom penthouse on the 28th of sept in Frasier Suites...has anyone stayed there before and know anything about the quality? How high will the view be from there?
I will take pictures and post if you would like.
August 15th, 2007, 12:04 PM
so 2nd lev pthouse is highest floor of Fraser Sts?lev30? if so you will be up 111m above kent st. the bldgs in front are aprox 85m high, so you should be able to look over them into d harbour.
the interiors are supposed to be top notch
August 15th, 2007, 02:01 PM
thanks culwulla your the master of sydneys skies haha
it shuld be a great view from the looks of it...wish lumiere did serviced apartments too!! that'd be beaut!
August 16th, 2007, 07:01 AM
I have had the good fortune to spend a night or two there. The photos are of either of the western part of a 'two bedroom deluxe' or of a 'one bedroom executive'. "My" one bedroom stay accommodation was as in the photos above and was very comfortable and I would think much more preferable room to the depiction in the floor plan which appears on Fraser's web site (see above).(See the difference in bedroom and kitchen layout)
I commented some months ago that it was very well fitted out and comfortable - curtains, carpets, amenities, (eg kitchen,laundry,TV's) bedding first, well, almost,99%, rate but the furniture was not quite up to the rest of the room and wasn't 5star stuff. The airconditioning was first class - quiet and super efficient. There were one or two rough edges in trades work and if I was to be an owner would have them fixed before signing my cheque. But if you can get that glassed western wall, in a high Fraser suite, the views are good and the light brilliant. And the floor to ceiling glass at the loggia and in the bedroom is very classy and does all those things which I think the the architects sought to achieve; maximum light and no glare, shaded enough, soundproof and ease of operation.
Yes you guessed it - it was a very enjoyable experience.
Has anyone been invited to view the model rooms at Lumiere? Can't wait to see them !
August 21st, 2007, 06:06 AM
make sure you checkout the north face of Lumiere. its sparking! the penthouse glass is pristine and overall tower looks awesome. sorry no pic.
also noticed KFC is now in scaffold while pdoium is uncovered. maybe a qick heritage facade clean?
August 22nd, 2007, 12:47 AM
really catches the light in morniing
these guy have been going at it for days now.
August 27th, 2007, 06:31 AM
27deg, gorgeous sydney day
August 27th, 2007, 01:51 PM
Woah! It's actually gorgeous.
Next time i might wait until they've cleaned the facade of a new building.
I'm glad its turned out this well. Congrats to Foster.
September 3rd, 2007, 06:12 AM
theres now roof shutters for penthouse balcs. i reckon it could get quite sunny
September 14th, 2007, 07:19 PM
Interior finishing is out on their website. Had some designers deck the place up.
September 14th, 2007, 07:27 PM
Thanks. Someone likes Bridget Riley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Riley)
September 16th, 2007, 09:32 AM
There was a report on the Fraser Apartments on yesterdays 'Sydney Weekender' on Ch 7. They are even giving a nights accomodation in the tower as a prize :)
The report was full of praise for the accomodation and it's facilities.
Thanks Cul for the pix too. I need to get some closeups of this one. One of the best apartment towers that Sydney ahs to offer.
September 16th, 2007, 10:09 AM
^i saw that episode. looked great. $289 sat nite for 2 with breaky.great views
September 19th, 2007, 06:22 AM
doesnt look 500feet does it?
looking clean and shiny!!
September 27th, 2007, 06:18 AM
loving the stream lined podium structure with trees.
September 27th, 2007, 09:40 AM
Hopefully the mall will be opening before Christmas.
October 17th, 2007, 07:09 AM
the facade looked amazing today
October 17th, 2007, 09:13 AM
Indeed. Looks even brighter than on a sunny day.
October 17th, 2007, 12:52 PM
glad that isnt the last beautiful piece of glass on its way up in the near future... midcity, 1 richard johnson, space, !!
October 17th, 2007, 04:09 PM
yes, i think sydney is falling in back in love with glass. lots of it! we had the 90;s where we built 50 highrise unit towers, mostly balconied structures with minimal glazing.
the new clear stuff should be interesting.Sydneys office supply has basically run out. come 2008 there will be all these big office towers uc.ready to enter next phase.
October 17th, 2007, 07:07 PM
personally, it seems to me we're barely out of that last phase of developments! seems like only yesterday that 126 phillip st, lumiere, westpac, went up! in retrospect sydney moves forward at a good pace, sure it might stand still for a handful of weeks at a time, but we'll look back and appreciate all these excellent designs we are being given piecemeal
October 26th, 2007, 06:29 AM
October 26th, 2007, 09:30 AM
loving all that blue glass, hopefully something as nice ends up on the greater union site one day
October 27th, 2007, 07:41 AM
I was in the city today and it was the first time since Lumiere was completed. I was actually really impressed. The facade looks just fantastic from up close, all clean and modern as well as connecting the different colours of facades in the area, ie. the green of WT and E&Y and the blue of HSBC. Both Lumiere and Fraser Suites are beautiful as well as add much needed density.Both are fantastic buildings, I'm really happy we've got them.
Drove past it today and was thankfully stuck at a red light for a minute. I took these photos about an hour ago, here's what I managed to capture:
I apologise for the bad quality seen in the photographs. It's the best I could do with my current 3.2 megapixel camera, don't worry I'll hopefully be getting a new camera soon. ;)
October 29th, 2007, 05:13 AM
closeup of Australia's largest private pool (50m x9m)
October 31st, 2007, 09:13 AM
Awesome pictures!! Does anyone have any photos at street level along George Street at the base of the tower?? I haven't been in the CBD for ages.
October 31st, 2007, 11:42 AM
ill take some tommorrow. its all pretty fell opened up and facade completed. looks f.a.b
November 7th, 2007, 05:13 AM
must be close to opening. love the simple 2 tone podium
November 7th, 2007, 10:38 AM
FINALLY, the pedestrians get that part of george st back. i hated those damn blue hoardings
not too fond of all that brown though
November 7th, 2007, 10:56 AM
Thanks Cul for the pic.
C'mon Gargarensis, this is awesome!! I'm fan of the colour, if only because there aren't that many other towers with podiums that use this palette in the area. Haha, I'm a big fan of this tower as most of us are, but for me it's the pedestrian level where this tower does its best work. Same with Fraser to a lesser extent.
November 8th, 2007, 04:46 AM
No, the podium looks awesome. It puts Meriton a few doors down to shame. Now all we need is a nice tower next door once height limits are changed, and that area will be wonderful.
November 10th, 2007, 07:30 AM
The crown of lumiere was aglow last night due to the flouro tubing they've placed on each blade.
November 10th, 2007, 08:51 AM
did you get a pic. i was gonna ask has anyone seen it yet at night.
November 11th, 2007, 04:35 AM
I was going to get a pic last night, but I missed my train back into the city :(
January 23rd, 2008, 06:29 AM
Well, for anyone with a good steady hand and/or a tripod, the in between of the blades of lumiere on both the north & south facing sides are aglow with an electric blue, scaling the height of the tower up until the lit crown. The only thing is you have to be looking str8 on, because even if you are off on even 30 degrees of a diagonal, it cannot be seen due to the lighting system being embedded right in. I gather so there is no "leakage" into apartment. Very affective though.
Also the (supposed $1 mill) water feature is up 'n running. Very "running waters" unlike the still waters of the renders. It has a change-of-colour lighting system that brings it into kitsch heaven for me. Kinda purdy @ night eh.
Lumiere's lobby has used the less is more approach. Quite classy with huge laquer-like finishes done in vast areas of red.
January 23rd, 2008, 06:49 AM
sounds nice! has the retail section opened yet? it was due at the end of last year.
January 23rd, 2008, 06:49 AM
I have to say that I do not like the water feature at the entrance. It seems little "hard" and not really in-fitting. Some soft landscaping might help but I think that is also a little predicatable. Not a fan.
January 23rd, 2008, 07:02 AM
^^ It's "dramatic" if anything. The time I saw it, someone had chucked chicken bones from KFC into it. :lol: (I informed the desk concierge of course).
sounds nice! has the retail section opened yet? it was due at the end of last year.Yeah, I believe it was supposed to open for XMas, but they are still tinkerin' away.
January 23rd, 2008, 08:15 AM
I went to have a look yesterday and it was still closed. I'm excited about who might open up in there, altough looking at the floor plans the units aren't too big. I suspect another World Square like set up.
January 23rd, 2008, 08:57 AM
I hope its not a pissy attempt at a mall like its meriton neighbour next door!
January 24th, 2008, 01:45 PM
Still closed ! Long wait
January 26th, 2008, 12:17 AM
Took this at the Bathurst St Entrance yesterday
Amazing water feature
Better think twice about taking a skinny dip in the pool lol
January 26th, 2008, 02:14 AM
Here are a few display apartments for those of us who want to see inside. Hopefully this helps support my argument (must've been in some other thread) that the interiors of World Tower are crap.
February 6th, 2008, 05:20 AM
i just thought it was amAzing entrance to an apartment tower. really impressive.
as fab said, the pool is amzing,some 15m up. sems to be just a shallow section at end of the 50m pool. wow
the birds love there bath
February 6th, 2008, 11:29 AM
Love the blue lighting. Adds some colour.
March 31st, 2008, 05:09 AM
the podium is open now. only 2 shops open so far
some shots from today
looking up at fraser suites
looking down to kent st
looking from atrium towards george st entry
looking north towards bathurst st entry
April 1st, 2008, 10:59 PM
I was walking past last night at about 7.30pm and popped in for a look. There are a couple more shops open now. It seems very similar to the meriton podium in that it is quite small in there and the shops seem to cater to the asian crowd.
April 3rd, 2008, 04:56 AM
May 25th, 2008, 01:12 AM
A few more recent shots by me
May 29th, 2008, 06:10 AM
this was hilarious
May 29th, 2008, 06:40 AM
^ good shot! photo of the day maybe?
June 4th, 2008, 11:59 AM
really spacious interiors
nice deck/ 50m pool at left
June 12th, 2008, 12:20 PM
August 4th, 2008, 11:47 PM
todays fin review mentions
LUMIERE WINS AWARD
Frasers propertys $600mil Lumiere residences has won the Urban Development Institute of Australias award for Best High Density housing in NSW.:cheers:
August 5th, 2008, 12:50 AM
It's worthy of the honour. One of the best designed highrise residential towers in Australia.
I went for a walk inside the retail complex recently. The supermarket has now opened and it's much better than I thought, selling a good mix of Asian food (though mostly western) and lots of the stuff we Aussies enjoy. Even has its own chemist.
The rest of the shops are disappointing and sadly not many people making use of it :(
August 5th, 2008, 01:52 AM
The rest of the shops are disappointing and sadly not many people making use of it :(
I walked through on Saturday - it was like being in a wind tunnel. Maybe some doors would help...
August 5th, 2008, 04:15 AM
I have to agree with these comments if you enter the mall from the lower level it really is a wind tunnel. The supermarket is great though although pretty pricie, on a par with David Jones for prices.
August 5th, 2008, 11:56 AM
I also find it to be uninviting. No shops in the narrow walkway from Kent St - would have suited Melbourne style cafes and bars. It's not well lit too and it does detract from the other features that make the complex great.