Brookfield Place Sydney comprises a 6 Star Green Star-rated office tower, two restored heritage buildings, premium retail space and a world-class transit hall for Wynyard Station.
- Location Sydney, Australia
- Status Built
- Service Architecture
- Sectors Retail, Tall buildings, Transport, Workplace
- Area 74,000m²/796,000ft²
- Client Brookfield Properties
Located in the heart of Sydney’s central business district, Brookfield Place Sydney comprises a 6 Star Green Star-rated office tower, two restored heritage buildings, premium retail space and a world-class transit hall for Wynyard Station, one of the city’s busiest transit hubs. Underpinning these elements are comprehensive improvements to the public domain that establish new pedestrian connections. The result is a fully integrated development with an exciting new identity that re-establishes Carrington Street as one of Sydney’s prime addresses.
The 27-storey tower is sculpted to respond to the rhythm of its city block, appearing as a series of interlocking orthogonal blocks of differing scales. Stepping the blocks has reduced the overall volume, preserved sunlight and optimised sightlines. It’s also created six roof terraces offering 1,700m² of outdoor space. The building merges with the adjacent listed 10-storey Shell House, whose historic facade has been fully restored and the 400-tonne clocktower retained. Inside, floorplates of up to 3,200m² – among the largest in Sydney – span across both buildings. Brookfield Properties Asia Pacific and the National Australia Bank are anchor tenants.
We designed a multi-level transit hall beneath the tower, with a new triple-height ‘urban hall’ on George Street that acts as a sweeping new front door for Sydney’s commuters. A grand passage connects George Street and Carrington Street, and the nearby Wynyard Park, creating a dynamic, people-centric urban space.
This project was delivered with Architectus as executive architect.
Shell House was built in 1938 and has undergone several changes since. Working with heritage specialists to carefully restore and integrate the building into Brookfield Place Sydney, our team ensured the design could be restored from the city scale down to the details.
We fully restored the 10-storey building’s distinctive facade, and we retained the 400-tonne clocktower as a historic centrepiece. Externally, we replaced over 3,000 sandstone-coloured faience tiles with new tiles that were hand-moulded by specialist craftspeople.
Beneficial House, located on George Street, was built in 1922, and housed Sydney’s first menswear department store, Peapes. The building is a rare commercial example of interwar Georgian revival architecture, so we aimed to restore it as close to its original design as possible. Externally, we retained and restored the beautiful brick facade and timber windows. Internally, we stripped back years of interventions, refurbishing and revealing original timber flooring, panelling and windows.
The internal fit-out is a nod to the original Peapes interiors, with simple white ceilings and hidden structures and services, making it fit for a contemporary, boutique commercial workspace. The rooftop serves as an external terrace for occupants on level 4 of the adjacent commercial tower, with views over the terracotta roof tiles and the city beyond.
We maximised flexibility and adaptability across the commercial spaces, from collaborative workspaces to trading floors, integrating 21st-century technology and prioritising wellbeing; views onto the park and the tree canopy both provide biophilic benefits. Stepping inside the double-height entrance, elements like a ribbon staircase and Calacatta marble floor and walls – pieced together to resemble one giant stone, following the grain and texture of the individual pieces – exemplify the level of quality.