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SITES 7 & 17
GSQ Plaza, Tweed Pl, Ebsworth St & Barker St
Zetland

This is interesting and may help explain the year long delay in the approval process:

Winner of design competition 2017: SilvesterFuller Architects

Architect of newly lodged design 2018: Tzannes

IMHO Tzannes' is a better design. I never was a fan of the SilvesterFuller design.


View from GSQ Plaza of the south front of both buildings.


Building 7, the cinemas at GSQ Plaza & Tweed Place.
Infinity by Crown on the left.


View of south front to GSQ Plaza from east end @ Neilson Square.


Building Site 7: View east along Ebsworth Street from between Infinity and Ovo Tower.


Building Site 17: front to Ebsworth Street @ Fellmonger Place.
On left is the 20 storey tower of Site 18.
On the right is the companion tower on Site 7.
 

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Not sure if these were posted before but I think DKO Architecture is the winner of the design competition for the Meriton site on Elizabeth St Zetland, which is part of the Green Square Town Centre.

The post stated "... In creating our competition winning bid for Elizabeth Street Zetland, we proposed a collection of buildings with differing characters that engage with their surroundings through architectural expression and scale. Generous green spaces assist in mediating with the site's surrounding context, contributing positively to the public domain while high quality and considered internal spatial planning provide high amenity and healthy places for people to live. A collaboration with @meriton_group and @sturt_noble #competitionwin ..."

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SITES 7 & 17
GSQ Plaza, Tweed Pl, Ebsworth St & Barker St
Zetland

This is interesting and may help explain the year long delay in the approval process:

Winner of design competition 2017: SilvesterFuller Architects

Architect of newly lodged design 2018: Tzannes

IMHO Tzannes' is a better design. I never was a fan of the SilvesterFuller design.


View from GSQ Plaza of the south front of both buildings.


Building 7, the cinemas at GSQ Plaza & Tweed Place.
Infinity by Crown on the left.


View of south front to GSQ Plaza from east end @ Neilson Square.


Building Site 7: View east along Ebsworth Street from between Infinity and Ovo Tower.


Building Site 17: front to Ebsworth Street @ Fellmonger Place.
On left is the 20 storey tower of Site 18.
On the right is the companion tower on Site 7.


I'm in love
 

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https://architectureau.com/articles...ail&utm_term=0_e3604e2a4a-0447c86bb4-39741042


Newly completed Green Square Library and Plaza wins global library award

News Words Linda Cheng


Green Square Library and Plaza by Stewart Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture. Image: Tom Roe

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Sydney’s Green Square Library and Plaza, designed by Stewart Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture, has won the Architectural Review Library Award 2018. The project was judged against libraries, and other “buildings for books,” from all over the world built since January 2013.

“This ‘community pantechnicon’ unites contemporary library uses with diverse community activities in a thoughtful, elegant and generous manner,” said AR Library Award judge Demetri Porphyrios.

The design of the library and plaza is the result of a 2012 international design competition. Stewart Hollenstein’s scheme was unanimously chosen by the jury, which included Australian Pritzker Prize laureate Glenn Murcutt.

“It was the only scheme to challenge the notion of placing a building in the plaza, managing to put forward a strong argument for placing the plaza over the Library, thereby providing both a building and a suitably scaled urban plaza for the future developments around the site, becoming a beacon and an oasis for the whole Green Square community,” said the jury.

The project comprises a 3,000-square-metre underground single level library, with geometric elements that punch out into the 8,000-square-metre plaza.



Green Square Library and Plaza by Stewart Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture is composed of a series of geometric shapes punched into the plaza. Image: Tom Roe

A circular sunken garden occupies the heart of the library and includes a space for outdoor reading, a children’s circle and a “story tree.” A series of 49 circular skylights bring natural light into the underground library.

A triangular-shaped glass pavilion provides an entrance hall into the library. “The triangle is oriented in a way to firstly to act as a signifier – it’s a tall element and it directs you down as the main entry into the space below,” said Matthias Hollenstein, a director of Stewart Hollenstein. “It’s also oriented to reduce the amount of shadow that it would cast back onto the plaza.”

A separate six-storey tower with a square-shaped floor plate houses a double-height reading room, a computer lab, a black-box theatre, a music room and a bookable community space. This collection of spaces are stacked together to provide functional separation from the other library facilities.

Finally, a trapezium-shaped outdoor amphitheatre is also sunken into the plaza.

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UNO APARTMENTS
Geddes Av, Portman, Paul & Sonny Leonard streets
Zetland

Nearing construction completion.
21 dec


View from Joynton Avenue & Elizabeth Street across the demolition site of Site14/811 Elizabeth Street.
 

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From GREEN SQUARE THREAD

Gimble: "There's been no movement on the retail at Ovo/Ebsworth apart from Woolworths/BWS and the Cafe/Meriton Sales Office."


Mirvac sales office? Have to admit I've been wondering about the lack of action in the retail especially the older Ebsworth shop cnr Tweed Pl which seemed to be working up to something months ago but then nothing.

Will the larger number of retail units in Infinity help or hinder retail once they come on line later this year?

And the age old question: will anything constructive ever happen on the Emerald City site across Botany Road?
 

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Have you been inside Underground Espresso? There’s a small counter area at the front that pretty much just serves coffee and pastries/snacks. The back doubles as some kind of Mirvac area.

I thought they were about to start demolishing the Emerald City site but now there’s a short term lease fixing hail damage.
 

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Yes, a few times. Mirvac also holds 'community events' in there from time to time, though I've not been to one (got over such events a while ago).

I think Emerald City is going for some sort of record for inaction. Gazcorp is the owner of the site, Gazcorp a company of the Gazal family.
 

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811 ELIZABETH STREET aka SITE 14

Demolition of former Ford buildings nearing completion.


View from Portman Street across toward Elizabeth Street & Joynton Avenue.

Still waiting for lodgement of Stage 2 DA.
 

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UNO APARTMENTS

Nearing completion.


View from Portman Street.

This is an example of council's childish aversion to harmony or similarity of design within a single project. Each building is markedly different as though designed by a different architect when, in fact, the architect is the same but responding to council's demands. Architects have learned to kowtow to council's silliness as they know it is how you win contracts.
Clearly we learned different theories of design.
What are they afraid of if buildings are harmonious in their visual appearance?
 

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811 ELIZABETH STREET - SITE 14

NB This has been posted in the GREEN SQUARE thread but it is actually part of the GSQ Town Centre.

DA now lodged:

Application number D/2019/258

Address 811 Elizabeth Street ZETLAND NSW 2017

Description Detailed proposal for 3 mixed use residential flat buildings (Buildings A, B and C at 6 to 15 storeys) with ground floor retail to Building A, 250 residential apartments across all 3 buildings, a child care centre, 2 basement levels accommodating 213 car parking spaces, public domain works, the provision of a pedestrian link to the northern boundary of the site known as Frog Park Lane (adjacent to Christies Lane between Portman and Elizabeth Streets) with associated earthworks and landscaping, and the construction of part of road known as Zetland Avenue at the southern boundary of the site. The application is Integrated Development, requiring the approval of Water NSW under the Water Management Act 2000.

Estimated Cost $76,834,076


View from NE above Victoria Park.

Images posted earlier of assumed winning design:


View from Joynton Avenue with tower fronting onto Zetland Avenue.


Elizabeth Street buildings turning into Joynton Avenue.
 

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UNO APARTMENTS

Nearing completion.


This is an example of council's childish aversion to harmony or similarity of design within a single project. Each building is markedly different as though designed by a different architect when, in fact, the architect is the same but responding to council's demands. Architects have learned to kowtow to council's silliness as they know it is how you win contracts.
Clearly we learned different theories of design.
What are they afraid of if buildings are harmonious in their visual appearance?
Have to agree had a walk around here recently and I'm not impressed by any of the buildings going up around the square. The FJMT tower and low rise buildings are a jumbled mess, pretty ugly actually. The Mirvac buildings are not much better. The library just looks like an entrance to a train station and makes no sense being underground with it's commercially clad fly tower or whatever it is? It's entrance is cramped with a cafe blocking access to the steps. Why build a grand space only for it to be cluttered?
I just felt the place felt like no lesson's have been learnt. Hopefully some better designs will be constructed in Green squares evolution but it's certainly not an exercise in good city planning and the architecture is certainly not groundbreaking harmonious or pleasing on the eye.
 
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