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A zero-carbon building in Sydney offers luxury living

Timeless design and an environmentally sustainable approach were important goals for Sydney's new mixed-use residential precinct, 505 George St. Discover the design philosophy behind this luxurious new building

505 George Street will be an iconic, environmentally
505 George Street will be an iconic, environmentally and socially sustainable future-oriented development.

Designed by Architectus + Ingenhoven Architects

From the architects:

At 270 metres above ground, inclusive of a 10 metre roof feature, the mixed-use residential-led precinct at 505 George Street will be an iconic, environmentally and socially sustainable future-oriented development combining a vibrant ground plane with healthy high-quality living and state-of-the-future retail.

The proposed tower includes 507 apartments including luxury serviced suites and a rooftop restaurant and bar, while the podium comprises a boutique cinema, retail, conferencing facilities, a childcare centre and a meeting room facility for Council.


The tower is highly integrated in the existing surroundings and offers a great public domain. This urban approach is based on the philosophy of a well-connected public and conceives of the tower as being a ‘friendly neighbour’. 

The combination of different uses and the timeless design of the building are integral parts of an environmentally sustainable approach but also expression of a deep understanding of the project goal.

"This is a very exciting project for Sydney. It will rejuvenate George Street’s entertainment precinct with a mix of uses and street activation, creating a more diverse and connected neighbourhood. The tower will present as a singular elegant form on the skyline of Sydney with the vertical structure emphasising height and slenderness while the subtle curving façade addresses views in all directions."

Architectus Principal and CEO, Ray Brown

The dynamism of the location is reflected in the ground floor building pattern and activated surfaces, along with a through-site link displaying public art. The improved public space activates and highlights the high permeability and porosity of the site.

Designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating, special attention has been paid to energy use and environmental impact. The building is designed to be zero-carbon ready and all proposed facade and building materials have been chosen with respect to sustainability, durability and authenticity in order to create a timeless and “healthy” building.

“It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to add a high-rise to Sydney’s wonderful skyline. A sustainable addition to the city, a “friendly neighbour” in the public realm, that due to its integral ecological and green design positively impacts the environment.”

Ingenhoven founder Christoph Ingenhoven

Mirvac is managing the project on behalf of Coombes Property Group, with Architectus and Ingenhoven Architects selected following an international design competition in 2018. The building has already received international acclaim for its visionary design. In 2019 it won the MIPIM / Architectural Review Future Project Award in the Tall Buildings category.

Story by: Trendsideas

21 Jun, 2020