Architect selected for Sydney Gold Fields House development

November 27, 2009

Kerry Hill Architects beats international firms for prominent residential development at Circular Quay.

Kerry Hill Architects has been appointed for the planned residential development at One Alfred Street, on Sydney’s Circular Quay.

The international design competition was held by Valad property group, which hopes to build a high-end residential development on the prominent site currently occupied by the Gold Fields House office building.

Kerry Hill Architects was competing for the appointment with high-profile international firms including Miralles Tagliabue – EMBT, BVN Architecture, Johnson Pilton Walker and Make Architects.

The Singapore and Western Australia-based practice proposed two apartment towers that will replace the existing 1960s office building, improving the relationship between the site and the Circular Quay area, as well as providing new public laneways.

Speaking about the appointment, Principal Kerry Hill said the firm was “delighted to have been selected”, adding: “The opportunity calls for a building of stature yet restraint, a design that does not try to compete with the Opera House and the Bridge, and one that respects its location at the birthplace of Sydney and Australia.”

The competition was conducted in partnership with the Council of the City of Sydney. Peter Hurley, Managing Director of Valad, said that the partnership with “instrumental in attracting world class architects to participate in the design competition”.

The winning design was selected by a jury panel consisting of three architects nominated by the Council of the City of Sydney: Peter Mould, NSW Government Architect, Andrew Andersons, Director of PTW Architects, and Peter-John Cantrill, Director of Tzannes Associates; and Bob Nation of Nation Architects, Tim Ambler and Peter Hurley, all nominated by Valad.

A Development Application is due to be submitted to the Council of the City of Sydney in mid 2010.

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