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Old July 5th, 2014, 08:29 AM   #341
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 01:06 PM   #342
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Was looking at this website earlier today and I'm pretty sure it said 3XN is the winner of the design competition, however it looks like the website has been edited to remove this piece of information. Maybe there will be an announcement in the coming days. In the meantime, the six design firms shortlisted are shown below, as well as the thinking behind the design competition.

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http://www.3xn.com/#/architecture/by-year/0

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DESIGN EXCELLENCE COMPETITION

To achieve world-class design excellence, AMP Capital held a design competition in accordance with City of Sydney Council’s Competitive Design Policy. This involved a number of respected and high quality architectural firms of international standing competing to prepare their design vision for Quay Quarter Sydney.

The six firms were Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) from Australia, Ingenhoven + Architectus from Germany and Sydney, 3XN from Denmark, Morphosis from the USA, MVRDV from The Netherlands and SANAA from Japan.

http://www.quayquartersydney.com.au/our-plans/
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WHAT IS AN INTERNATIONAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE COMPETITION?

The City of Sydney’s Sydney Local Environmental Plan (SLEP) 2012 promotes design excellence to achieve high quality architectural, urban and landscape design, particularly in prominent developments and across large sites. An important mechanism to achieve design excellence is through a competitive design process, intended to facilitate design options.

The international design competition for Quay Quarter Sydney is in accordance with the City of Sydney’s Competitive Design policy to deliver on AMP Capital’s aspiration and vision for the precinct and to achieve world class design excellence for the project.

IS THIS A REQUIREMENT OF THE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION?

The competition is in accordance with the City of Sydney Competitive Design Policy for the Quay Quarter Sydney precinct. Stage 1 Development Application (DA) was approved in June 2014.

HOW WERE THE PARTICIPANTS SELECTED?

Prior to the confirmation of the six candidates, representatives from AMP Capital met with a list of potential candidates. We were looking for architects of international standing who have worked on creating vibrant destinations as well as state-of-the-art retail, residential and office accommodation. The selected architectural firms were chosen on their ability to make a positive contribution to the city’s urban design. They also needed to be aligned with the values and culture of AMP Capital.

The Candidates were selected by AMP Capital and endorsed by the City of Sydney.

WHAT WAS INCLUDED IN THE COMPETITION BRIEF?

The brief asked for design ideas as to how to revitalise AMP’s landmark site into a vibrant destination, with activated street and laneway retail, residential and state of the art office accommodation.

The candidates had to consider the significance of the site which is situated at the gateway to Sydney in the picture- postcard location that boasts the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The project also includes the two AMP buildings at 50 Bridge Street and 33 Alfred Street.

The setting of the Opera House and other key heritage buildings, including two old woolstores and Australia’s first skyscraper, AMP Tower at 33 Alfred Street, also had to be shown respect.

The design for 50 Bridge Street also needed to make a positive contribution to the architecture of Sydney, in consideration of local buildings designed by eminent architects – Joern Utzon, Sir Norman Foster, Sir Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, JPW, Ingenhoven+ Architectus and Harry Seidler.

The competition brief and process have also been endorsed by the City of Sydney.

WHY ARE THERE SO FEW AUSTRALIAN FIRMS INVOLVED IN THE COMPETITION?

Of the six candidates invited to participate in the competition, FJMT and Architectus (partnering with Ingenhoven) are based in Sydney. We are very excited with the high calibre of participants in the design process. We have some of the most revered architects in the world participating in the design process from Sydney and across the globe.

The other candidates include Ingenhoven (with Architectus) from Germany, 3XN from Denmark, Morphosis from USA, MVRDV from Holland and Sanaa from Japan.

In order to ensure the project delivers diversity for the precinct, the design guidelines and detailed Masterplan proposal will inform a the design of the individual buildings to be developed in the Young and Loftus block.

WHY ONLY HAVE AUSTRALIAN FIRMS INVOLVED IN THE SUBSEQUENT COMPETITIONS?

We recognise that this is a very significant opportunity for the Australian architectural design community. Further to the globally recognised talents of Australian firms such as fjmt, there is a stream of up and coming design talent in Australia that we are dedicated to nurturing through this project. Our hope is that the project can be a catalyst for great Australian architects of the future.

WHO IS ON THE SELECTION JURY?

There were six representatives on the jury panel decided by both the City of Sydney and AMP Capital.

http://www.quayquartersydney.com.au/things-to-know/
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 01:46 PM   #343
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Struth. If one of those doesn't produce something Very Special I'll be very surprised.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 12:36 PM   #344
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First grainy image of the competition winning design. Does anyone have electronic access and can provide a much better quality graphic (+ the story?)

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Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 7.30.25 PM by Sky_Is_The_Limit1, on Flickr

AMP selects Danish-designed tower for Sydney
PUBLISHED: 0 HOUR 38 MINUTE AGO | UPDATE: 0 HOUR 38 MINUTE AGO

AMP Capital has picked the *Copenhagen-based 3XN Architects to design the $1 billion Quay *Quarter in Sydney.

http://www.afr.com/p/business/proper...XssEineyc5VnHO
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Old September 24th, 2014, 12:41 PM   #345
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See 3XN's design for Bremen Tower:

http://www.3xn.com/#/architecture/by...8-bremen-tower

Similar concept.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 12:45 PM   #346
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I'm already liking the fact that it looks a bit risky and very different to the straight lines of Gateway Plaza, Governor Phillip Tower et al.

Can't wait to see the HQ renders - hopefully this is all over the media tomorrow.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 02:18 PM   #347
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So excellent to have 3XN in Australia, especially in Sydney which has been missing out on the more avant-garde architecture lately. Such a prominent site, too. Great outcome.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #348
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AMP Capital has picked the *Copenhagen-based 3XN Architects to design the $1 billion Quay *Quarter in Sydney.

The firm won the stage-two design competition with a “very sculptural” reworking of the 50 Bridge Street tower.

AMP Capital’s managing *director, office and industrial, *Louise Mason, said the selection of the winning design was a *milestone for a project that would “revitalise Sydney’s northern CBD”.

3XN is a 27-year-old practice with a staff of 90 and a portfolio that is both sculptural, like the award *winning **Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen, and sets new *standards for the work place, like the Saxo Bank building in Hellerup.

Beyond Denmark the portfolio includes the Danish embassy in Berlin, the Liverpool Museum and a new appointment to design the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

The founding partner and *creative director of 3XN, Kim *Herforth Nielsen, said his firm had looked at the AMP project in an entirely new way from both the inside out and outside in.

In essence the front of the tower, facing the harbour, and overlooking another Danish designed *landmark, will be twisted in a series of vertical villages, each anchored around an atrium, to maximise the view and the work place flexibility.

“Its dynamic, shifted massing provides stunning views for all of the building’s users while also *creating expansive open spaces that encourage possibility for *interaction, knowledge sharing and vertical connectivity, Mr Herforth Nielsen said.

“We wanted the view to be *visible from all parts of the *building. From outside the building, it will be a different view from each angle.”

The 40-year-old 50 Bridge Street tower is being “up-cycled.”

The core, and two thirds of the *structure facing Bridge Street are being retained.

The tower will not be any taller but, using floor space ratio from the Young and Loftus Street precinct, it will widen and the floor space will double to 90,000 square metres.

Mr Herforth Nielsen said 3XN aimed for internal variety with “city scapes inside-out buildings”.

To handle the change in levels on the site, 3XN will introduce *features new to Sydney like double-decker lifts.

The high-profile jury, chaired by Denton Corker Marshall director, John Denton, chose 3XN over five other leading firms: FJMT from Sydney, Ingehoven and Architectus, from Germany and Sydney, and MVRDV from the Netherlands as well as two Pritzker Prize *winners, Morphosis from the US and SANAA from Japan.

AMP expects to complete the tower in late 2020.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 03:55 PM   #349
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Holy Sh_t! Just a bit sensational.

This will have the more conservative in shock and outrage. With a bit of luck it will clear out some of the deader wood in council planning from sheer terror.
Remind me: does council have full control over this project or is the state involved?
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Hard to believe this is a redevelopment of an existing tower, a very impressive design both aesthetically and in what they're proposing structurally.
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FANTASTIC outcome! Cutting edge architecture that Sydney has been lacking, awesome!

With the UTS upgrades, Central Park and now this, my faith in Sydney and its ability to produce quality contemporary architecture is being restored
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Old September 24th, 2014, 04:47 PM   #352
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Such pleasant surprise!
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I was in the leave the AMP tower alone camp (all two or three of us), but screw that I want to see this built!

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Old September 24th, 2014, 11:50 PM   #354
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Holy Sh_t! Just a bit sensational.

This will have the more conservative in shock and outrage. With a bit of luck it will clear out some of the deader wood in council planning from sheer terror.
Remind me: does council have full control over this project or is the state involved?
Sydney City Council at this stage Brizer.
It certainly will be the most striking building at Sydney Cove now.
Clever idea to twist the tower to take advantage of the views.
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Old September 25th, 2014, 12:37 AM   #355
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Hard to believe this is a redevelopment of an existing tower, a very impressive design both aesthetically and in what they're proposing structurally.
They're going to gut it down to it's steel frame and expand the floor plates, it is for practical purposes an entirely new buildings.
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Old September 25th, 2014, 01:05 AM   #357
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Looks incredible.
Clover will be shitting kittens over the audacity and lavishness of the design.
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Perhaps a few people did not read the FAQ I posted towards the top of the page - this design was selected by six members from the City of Sydney and AMP
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The second image mw123 posted clearly shows the roof clearly slopes upwards to the north-west. It may not be as tall as the Stage 1 DA, but I certainly think it's taller than the current building (so disregard the AFR saying no change to building height)
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