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Award recognition for Salesforce Tower

Salesforce Tower at Sydney Place has won ‘Best Office Architecture Australia’ at the International Property Awards (Asia-Pacific), which was hosted in Bangkok this year. Designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Architectus, the 55-storey building is located between George and Pitt streets, a stone’s throw from the city’s famous harbour. The development is characterised by a network of pedestrian laneways that criss-cross the site at different levels. The laneways are lined with shops, cafes, and bars, celebrating Sydney as a unique destination.

Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners, said: “We are delighted that Salesforce Tower has been recognised at the Asia Pacific Property Awards. The project activates the urban precinct that is part of Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay and creatively embraces the future of the workplace, by providing a wide range of flexible spaces to facilitate different modes of working.”

Dario Spralja, Architectus Principal said: “Salesforce Tower is a world-class project and a new icon on the Sydney Skyline. It is now home to leading international and local tenants and is enjoyed by all who visit and use its vibrant laneways and public squares that are revitalising Sydney’s soul.  So, it’s great to receive recognition from international experts.”

The tower makes a distinctive contribution to Sydney’s skyline with its innovative façade – a series of external cross-braces derived from structural stress diagrams. The south façade is broken into three bays with the concrete cores ‘book-ending’ the three transparent banks of lifts that animate the façade. The entire elevation is vertically articulated to modulate its visual impact on the skyline. The expressed structure also allows flexibility in interior layouts with the core offset to one side.

The workspaces at Salesforce Tower at Sydney Place are flexibly designed to support new ways of working in the 21st century, suitable for a whole range of organisations, from new start-ups to large companies. The offset core and column free workspaces maximise views of Sydney Harbour, and create a workspace that optimises community, collaboration, wellbeing, and productivity for workers.

The tower aims to achieve NABERS 5.5 Star energy performance, a Green Star rating of 6, and is the first ever building in Sydney to achieve Platinum WELL Core and Shell pre-certification rating. The city centre location provides occupants with an abundance of low carbon transport alternatives, including short walking distances to train stations, ferry terminals, and the light rail network along George Street. The design builds on the low carbon transport approach with a public cycle storage facility, with capacity for 200 bikes and a maintenance station in Sydney’s first ever public bike hub.

Salesforce Tower has also been shortlisted for this year’s Property Council Excellence Awards (for Best Office Development), CTBUH Awards (for Structure), and CREDAWARD (for Comprehensive Commercial Project).