BVN wins international design competition for Sydney’s City Tattersalls Club

BVN wins international design competition for Sydney’s City Tattersalls Club
BVN wins international design competition for Sydney’s City Tattersalls Club

Following a five-week international design competition, award-winning Australian practice BVN has emerged as the winner to design the redevelopment of Sydney’s iconic 125-year-old City Tattersalls Club, located at 194 – 204 Pitt Street.

BVN’s innovative design was selected as the unanimous winner by a panel of six jurors after several weeks of careful consideration for what would respectfully integrate with the building’s heritage components and further improve Sydney’s city centre.

The winning design was commended for its well-considered podium that creates a sophisticated connection between the ground-floor Club facilities and the new tower above, resulting in a considered, elegant, and holistic overall composition to the project.

The scheme’s superior internal planning resulted in a highly effective floorplan, maximising the views and amenity of the apartments and hotel rooms, whilst drawing natural light deep into the tower’s public and common spaces. The apartment layouts resolve the complex structural requirements for building over the heritage Club whilst making wonderful places to live.

BVN’s proposed 49-storey tower produces a contemporary and calm facade that would add an elegant, landmark structure to Sydney’s iconic city skyline.

In their decision the jury noted the expressed intentions of BVN’s team to collaborate closely with fjmt, the nominated architect underseeing rejuvenation of the heritage components of the building, to ensure a rich integration of the tower with the existing structures below - an essential consideration of the site’s overall redevelopment.

When asked to comment on the winning BVN design, fjmt’s Design Director, Richard Francis-Jones, said, “This is a wonderful vision for the integration of city apartments, hotel, and the unique City Tattersalls Club in a sustainable and inspiring new urban complex. BVN's insightful concept for a tower characterised by lightness, floating above a more solid hotel podium will form a gentle back drop and transition with the landmark heritage buildings of Pitt Street. It is a great concept and we are looking forward to working with BVN to realise a project both of sensitivity and landmark quality.”

The design competition’s full shortlist of competing architects included five of Australia’s most renowned firms; Hassell, Bates Smart, SJB, BVN, Candalepas Associates, as well as leading international architecture practice DP Architects.

The City Tattersalls Club redevelopment is a joint-venture project undertaken by a consortium led by Singapore-based First Sponsor Group Limited and ICD Property – in collaboration with the City Tattersalls Club.

After a successful international design competition, the development group is now working towards finalising design details with BVN in preparation for submission of a Stage 2 DA later this year.

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