‘Sculpted’ tower proposed for Sydney’s North Shore

A 130-metre-tall, 39-storey tower could be joining the St Leonards skyline on Sydney’s North Shore.

The developer has submitted a development application for demolition and excavation works on a site at 100 Christie Street to make way for a new mixed-use tower. The scheme designed by PWT Architects incorporates “a sculpted tower form with rounded corners and a strong horizontal facade expression”. A zig-zag podium design and strong vertical elements are intended to create a “singular distinct silhouette”.

The podium will incorporate five levels of commercial offices, as well as ground-floor retail premises and a communal open space on level six for use by the apartment residents. PWT said the “strong vertical elements” of the podium design will contrast with the horizontal elements of the tower, “establishing a clear distinction between the two, which is further enhances by the recessed Level 6 communal garden”. Beneath the podium will be six levels of basement car parking.

The tower will accommodate 33 residential levels encompassing 184 apartments, with 70 percent two-bedroom apartments, and 36 three-bedroom apartments, 12 one-bedroom apartments, and four penthouse apartments, with a communal sky garden on each residential level.

The slender form is intended to reduce significant overshadowing to neighbouring buildings, which curved edges intended to mimic the rounded features of the neighbouring Forum building on Pacific Highway.

PWT said the development would feature a high level of amenity in terms of cross-ventilation and solar access. Rainwater collection systems will be incorporated onto the roof along with photovoltaic panels to lower energy use.

In addition to the tower, Christie Street Reserve and Sergeants Lane will be upgraded by RPS landscape architects to revitalise the public realm and create a hub within the high-density heart of St Leonards.

The tower has an estimated construction cost of $123 million and a gross floor area of over 24,000 square metres.

The development application was lodged in December 2022.

Source: Architecture - architectureau

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