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27 November 2014

History

A VISION OF THE FUTURE REALISED

An architectural exclamation mark on Sydney’s skyline since 1967, Australia Square has retained its aesthetic appeal to remain a timeless icon. The enduring success of the building as a thriving business centre and magnetic city hub lies in the vision of its architect, Harry Seidler.

Created in the future-facing design of the time, Seidler anticipated the needs of the next generations of occupants on a corporate, operational and human level. Nearly 50 years on, Australia Square continues to represent the height of achievement and is a place for people and companies to aspire to reach the pinnacle of success in an environment filled with beauty, life and light.

  • “IT WAS AN EXTREMELY SIGNIFICANT BUILDING, A SERIOUS PIECE OF WORLD ARCHITECTURE FOR SYDNEY TO HAVE AT THE TIME AND IT’S STILL SIGNIFICANT.”

    John Denton, Architect

  • 1961

    BUILDING COMMENCED ON THE SITE.
    30 BUILDINGS ON THE SITE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE TOWER BUILDING, PLAZA BUILDING, PUBLIC PLAZA, RETAIL COMPLEX AND CARPARK.

    “The idea that a building could be circular had never entered my consciousness. Dad and I must have circled that entrance lobby half a dozen times, just delighting in the playfulness of it.”

    Mark Wakely, Architecture Writer

  • 1967

    AUSTRALIA SQUARE COMPLETED BECOMING AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SKYSCRAPER.

    “Australia Square gave Sydney a sense of growing up, a sense of confidence. It was really our first glittering version of a skyscraper.”

    Elizabeth Farelly, Architecture Critic

  • 1967

    CROSSED BLADES, ONE OF ALEXANDER CALDER’S MOST SIGNIFICANT SCULPTURES, WAS COMMISSIONED FOR AUSTRALIA SQUARE PLAZA.

  • 1968

    ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

    • Harry Seidler, RAIA Sir John Sulman Medal for a building of outstanding merit.
    • Harry Seidler, RAIA Civic Design Award for a work of outstanding environmental design.

    “Australia Square recalls the piazzas of medieval cities in the way Sydney people respond to what is provided and congregate in its open but contained space.”

    Harry Seidler, The Bulletin

  • 1976

    ARCHITECTURE AWARD

    • Harry Seidler, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Gold Medal.

     

    “Australia Square was the most progressive and innovative tower for its time, in terms of creating a genuine civilised civic space.”

    Philip Drew, Architecture Critic

  • 1996

    ARCHITECTURE AWARD

    • Harry Seidler, The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal.

     

    “It was a lustrous white rocket ship, like Apollo 11 ready for take off a year before. It made anything seem possible. It was the future incarnate: sleek, shiny, modern.”

    Stephen Lacey, The Sydney Morning Herald 

  • 2003

    MURAL BY CELEBRATED NEW YORK ARTIST SOL LEWITT COMMISSIONED BY HARRY SEIDLER, REPLACING THE LOBBY’S ORIGINAL TAPESTRIES BY LE CORBUSIER AND VASARELY.

  • 2012

    ARCHITECTURE AWARD

    • Harry Seidler, AIA National Enduring Architecture Award.
    • Harry Seidler, AIA NSW Architecture Award for Enduring Architecture.

    “Australia’s finest tall building, a perfect resolution of rational geometry, structural ingenuity and heroic form.”

    Patrick Bingham-Hall, Photographer

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