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A
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The big design moves
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2020
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The complex project has united four separate sites including the former Menzies Hotel and Thakral House and the retained Shell House and Beneficial House, assembling them into one reinvigorated block that rises out of the reconfigured transit hall of Wynyard Station. Our contemporary civic design reimagines the ground plane, making public space the focus, with a strong understanding of how people move around the city.  

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Previously, passengers were funnelled down to the concourse along passageways that ran either side of a central core which felt dark and unwelcoming. From very early in the design process, Make unlocked the site by raising and suspending the central core, using mega-columns in the boundary walls to support the building’s shear load, much like the flying buttresses of a Gothic cathedral.

This simple design move of hanging the core has created a new triple-height ‘Urban Hall’ filled with daylight, transforming the arrival experience for visitors and commuters. This space now acts as a sweeping new front door for Sydney’s commuters, in a scale commensurate with Wynyard Station’s status as the CBD’s busiest transit hub. It also provides a new pedestrian route from George Street through to Carrington Street and Wynyard Park beyond, right underneath the offices as before, but this time across the full 25m width of the site. The hanging core itself has been celebrated – clad in almond gold stainless steel with vertical glazing, it stands out against the GRC-coffered ceiling and provides views into the commercial lift lobby from below and vice versa.

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The site accommodates a change in level which enables the George Street elevation to focus on the public, with the station entrance flanked by flagship retail and escalators leading down to a lowerconcourse food hall and the transport interchange. Pedestrians can now also move straight through the site, under the tower to Carrington Street and Wynyard Park for the first time 

In addition, Wynyard Lane has also now been opened up for active use, with cafés and bars and potentially studio office spaces.  Formerly used as access for car parking docks, it is being transformed into a character-rich destination in its own right, bringing Sydney closer to the established Melbourne model of life in the city after dark. 

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