PTW partakes in 2016 Sydney Architecture Festival

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PTW is excited to be a festival partner of the Sydney Architecture Festival that takes place over the October long weekend, September 30 to October 3 at One Central Park. PTW invites you to the Stories of home exhibition that charts the story of PTW’s involvement in the design of Sydney’s apartments. Presented by the NSW Architects Registration Board, the festival explores ideas about innovation, housing and the city that are important to delivering liveability – crucial themes in today’s housing climate. For insights into the future of our city, please join PTW Practice Leader, Simon Parsons and Head of Urban Design, Glenn Harper as well as Senior Associate, Mark Giles in panel discussions and talks during the festival. Exhibition and Talk Event Details: (All events to be held at aMBUSH Event Space, Level 3 Central Park Mall, Broadway Chippendale) Exhibition – Stories of home | Saturday 1 to Monday 3 October | 10am – 4pm. Check out the PTW-curated exhibition that charts the story of PTW’s involvement in the design of Sydney’s apartments and beyond. For more details. Talk – Stories of home | Saturday 1 October | 10am – 1pm. As part of a series of speakers, Glenn Harper will highlight the importance of neighbourhood and community in relation to PTW’s key residential apartment projects, while Mark Giles will reflect on the innovations at One Central Park. For more details. Talk – Sydney Stories | Monday 3 October | 10am – 1pm. A range of speakers will reflect on Sydney’s spirit. Simon Parsons will explore a new shift of thinking in how we design for apartment living in mixed-use precincts. For more details. Image: Sky at One Central Park, photography by Murray Fredericks, courtesy of Frasers Property and Sekisui House

Team Promotions at PTW

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A number of team promotions were recently awarded to staff from the PTW Sydney and Vietnam office. We congratulate Catherine Love in her new role as director, who after eight years of working at PTW’s Sydney, Shanghai and Vietnam office, will head up the Hospitality and Interior Design sector in collaboration with our Vietnam office. Senior Associate, Glenn Harper will now lead the Urban Design sector. We look forward to presenting a series of case studies across these sectors in the coming months. A full profile of each team members profile can be found here.

PTW successful at the 2016 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence

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Another successful night for PTW at the property industry’s highly regarded UDIA NSW Meriton Awards for Excellence with two of our projects taking out an award. Alexander, Barangaroo South by Lendlease won ‘High-Density Development’ and Discovery Point by Frasers Property Australia, winner of ‘Mixed-Use Development’.

Alexander, Barangaroo South developed by Lendlease

The Alexander building marks the south-west corner of the Barangaroo development. It celebrates Sydney’s unique harbour side setting and mediates between the traditional scale of the Sydney waterfront and the high-rise commercial towers to the east. The building has an active lofty 6m high ground floor with four distinctive apartment lobbies facing Globe Street amongst retail and food outlets which orientate to the active promenade waterfront creating private living in a public place. All apartments were designed to optimise the attractive views to Darling Harbour with living rooms opening to generous balconies. The façade of the building consists of a permeable operable shutter system, articulated by planting elements creating the counterpoint to the facade.

Discovery Point developed by Frasers Property Australia

Stage 8, 9 and 10 of Discovery Point at Wolli Creek consists of a podium of townhouses with two 17-storey residential towers on top. The visually separate podium responds to the pedestrian scale and character of the street. The introduction of curved elements acts as a counterpoint to the strong grid-like character of the tower facades. The building forms a dramatic composition on a highly visible site with broad frontage to the river. Apartments were designed to maximise views and access to sunlight.

PTW designs sweep the 2016 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards

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We are delighted to announce three PTW-designed projects swept the floor at the 2016 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards with PACIFIC Bondi Beach taking out top honours - ‘Development of the Year’.

PACIFIC Bondi Beach – Winner for ‘Development of the Year’ Developed by Rebel Property & Capit.el Group 

An iconic addition to the Bondi beachfront, the adaptive re-use project transformed the structure of the former Swiss Grand Hotel, with new facades and additional floors. The mixed-use development includes 110 luxury apartments, a 69-room QT hotel, a Woolworths Metro and BWS store, a Gold’s Gym and Speedos pool facility, retail including cafes, restaurants and fashion boutiques as well as public car spaces. The successful integration of retail, hotel and residential is not commonly done in Sydney. Pacific Bondi Beach can also boast an Australian-first in residential apartments through the unique curved zinc vault roofs with the electronically operable gull-wing doors, designed and manufactured in Sydney.

Alexander, Barangaroo South – Winner for ‘Medium Rise – City Apartments’ Developed by Lendlease

The Alexander building marks the south-west corner of the Barangaroo development. The building has an active lofty 6m high ground floor with four distinctive apartment lobbies facing Globe Street amongst retail and food outlets which orientate to the active promenade waterfront creating private living in a public place. All apartments are designed to optimise the attractive views to Darling Harbour with living rooms opening to generous balconies. The two-storey rooftop apartments have private roof gardens while a communal roof provides amenity to all apartments. The façade of the building consists of a permeable operable shutter system, articulated by planting elements creating the counterpoint to the facade. With two-thirds of the apartments cross ventilated and excellent solar access, the apartments are an exemplar of sustainable design and will play an important role in creating architectural richness and diversity at Barangaroo.

Mascot Central – Winner for ‘Mixed Uses Development’ Developed by Meriton Property Services

The large-scale 3.2 hectare site is part of the Mascot Station Town Centre Precinct and has been identified by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure as an Urban Activation Precinct. The innovative masterplan consists of over 1,200 residential and serviced apartments, a supermarket, retail and childcare facility and three pools, designed with a walkway leading directly into Mascot railway station. Designing for an entire new village within the suburb, the facade was designed to complement the character of the public domain around it with the challenge of ensuring each building had its own unique identity.

The Calyx, a new landmark for Sydney

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PTW Architects in collaboration with landscape architects McGregor Coxall and Cockram Constructions is proud to be involved in the design and delivery of this project. The PTW team involved in bringing The Calyx to life included Troy Uleman, Neil Hill, Glen Harper, Rod Brown, John Shipp, Sara Best and Rebecca Quin. The Calyx (pron. kal-iks, def. ‘The outermost whorl of flowers’), a leading horticultural display, research and education centre for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney formed the special centerpiece of the Garden’s 200th birthday initiatives last month. Coined ‘a jewel in the Garden’ for its elevated position and sense of arrival, The Calyx is envisioned as an iconic but serene addition to the Gardens as a whole. The key element of the building is the new ‘Iris’. This circular steel structure is the most highly visible part of the building from afar and contains the foyer, education and retail space that can be turned into event spaces at night with retractable walls that allow the exhibition and event space to be combined. Won by a Design Competition, PTW worked with Cockram Construction and McGregor Coxall to design this highly flexible building that will showcase ever-changing exhibitions. The team used the existing elements of the Arc, originally designed and constructed in 1994 by renowned Australian Architect, Ken Woolley, whilst retaining the extraordinary design quality, integrity and innovation of the existing structure. For more project information and media coverage: www.PTW.com.au/Calyx and au.pinterest.com/ptwarchitects/in-the-media

Pacific Bondi Beach shortlisted for the 2016 Sydney Design Awards

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We are delighted to announce that Pacific Bondi Beach has been shortlisted for the Sydney Design Awards in the Mixed Use category. An iconic addition to the Bondi beachfront, the adaptive re-use project transformed the structure of the former Swiss Grand Hotel, with new facades and additional floors. The mixed-use development includes 110 luxury apartments, a 69-room QT hotel, a Woolworths Metro and BWS store, a Gold’s Gym and Speedos pool facility, retail including cafes, restaurants and fashion boutiques as well as public car spaces. The successful integration of retail, hotel and residential is not commonly done in Sydney. Pacific Bondi Beach can also boast an Australian-first in residential apartments through the unique curved zinc vault roofs with the electronically operable gull-wing doors, designed and manufactured in Sydney. For more project information: www.pacificbondibeach.com.au and www.PTW.com.au/Pacific Bondi Beach

The Miller, the story is in the details

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PTW is responsible for the architecture and interior design for The Miller in North Sydney, Yuhu Group’s first residential project in Australia. With strong market uptake, the stage one release of apartments in March was a sell-out. Scheduled for completion in 2018, the development at 221 Miller Street consists of 183 residential apartments, 100 serviced apartments and ground floor commercial space for a café and restaurant. Our vision for the building was to express the three different components with folds of architectural origami articulated with a differing geometric solution. The residential levels, towards the top of the building become softer and warmer and the detailing finer, incorporating well-crafted golden perforated facade panels. This configuration complements the stronger portal geometry of the five levels of serviced apartments. A stand-out on Miller Street, the architecture reaffirms the existing leafy landscape characteristic of the public domain; while regenerating the area with a modern design consistent with the future plans of the area. For more project information: www.PTW.com.au/The Miller and The Miller

Movenpick Hotels and Resorts

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The Ho Chi Minh Office have been busy with this stunning 40,000sqm resort hotel. Commissioned to provide full architectural design services, the overall curvilinear form of the hotel and its swimming pools are inspired by the fluidity of water and Vietnam’s colourful curvilinear rice terraces in the nearby Southern Highlands. Due for completion in 2017, the hotel forms part of a greater 42 hectare hospitality development in Cam Ranh Bay in South-Central Vietnam. The 250-key hotel features a host of facilities including a convention centre, a sizeable sports centre, team building park, spa, a Swiss-themed village, as well as 124 terraced timeshare villas comprising one, two and three bedroom units. On top of the extensive facilities on offer, all guest rooms in this 4-star hotel will have expansive ocean views, which are accessed via naturally ventilated open passageways featuring unobstructed views across the mountainous backdrop.

Nanjing Huaneng – our Shanghai office’s latest

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Due for completion in 2019, this waterfront mixed-use project consists of two 150m office towers, one five-star hotel, one high-end serviced apartment building, a shopping centre, residential buildings and a landscaped boulevard culminating in a river view platform. This landmark project designed for China Huaneng Group is more than 500,000sqm and once complete, will be one of the most important developments along the Yangtze River in Nanjing. PTW are involved in the masterplan and design of the two Z-type buildings outlined in red on the image along the central axis, one being the serviced apartment building and the other the five-star hotel on the right side. Our design concept was to lower the first row of buildings from the Yangtze River to maximise the water views of the twin towers behind, thus bringing up the breeze and opening up the waterfront. The landscaped boulevard connects all the elements together, leading people from the subway to the various buildings and to the river view platform at the end of the spine.

PTW Architects wins Cumberland Newspaper site design

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Internationally respected architecture firm PTW Architects, in association with award-winning practice Collins and Turner and landscape architects McGregor Coxall, have had their competition design for one of Sydney’s most iconic sites - the former Cumberland Newspapers headquarters, located at 142 Macquarie Street, Parramatta selected by an independent design jury. This gateway site by Dyldam sits at the edge of the CBD, is close to both the Parramatta River and surrounded by several significant heritage sites. Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com
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