9th Annual Vertical Cities virtual conference

PTW Managing Director Asia Pacific Simon Parsons joined with panelists Julian Chen, Head of Tall Buildings, Henning Larsen, Denmark and Peter Cho, Director, Gensler, China to discuss ‘Reimagining Vertical Cities and the Built Environment Post Covid’ at the “9th Annual Vertical Cities” virtual conference 21-24 June. This enlightening discussion moderated by V. Suresh, Former Chairman & Managing Director, HUDCO, Chairman of IGBC Policy & Advocacy Committee, IGBC, President focussed on the following key themes:
  • How high rise buildings might change in the coming years
  • How should architects, E&C and real estate evolve and collaborate
  • Building spaces and creating experiences that match how we want to live, work, play, and shop to be successful in the future
The conference also brought together industry leaders to discuss various aspects of high rise planning, liveability and integrated design, new typologies, lifestyle creation and community living, innovative structural engineering and construction methods as well as technologies to maximise sustainability and efficiency.  


This week we celebrate NAIDOC 2021 from 4-11 July to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The 2021 National NAIDOC poster, ‘Care for Country’ was designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas and inspired by this year’s theme Heal Country! The artwork is bright and vibrant, exploring how Country has cared for and healed First Nations people spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ which was once responsible for organising national activities during this week.  

One Sydney Harbour Update

Construction update for our One Sydney Harbour project, in association with RPBW and Lendlease: Residences One (centre) and Residences Two (left) are rising upwards and steadily transforming the skyline of the Barangaroo precinct. Client: @lendlease Design Architect: @rpbw_architects Executive Architect: @ptwarchitects Image: courtesy of @lendlease

National Reconciliation Week

PTW is proud to be on a journey with @reconciliationaus to build meaningful relationships between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people and the broader Australian community. With this year’s theme of #morethanaword, we pledge to take impactful action in the architecture industry both as individuals and collectively as an organisation.

Xi’an Olympic Sports Centre

PTW is proud to announce that the main field and warm-up field of our sports infrastructure project, Xi’an Olympic Sports Centre, have been rated as a first-class athletic facility by World Athletics and is the first in northwest China to obtain this Class 1 certification. Architect: PTW Architects Image: CreatAR

Design Talk

PTW Architects recently hosted another internal Design Talk, featuring guest speaker Claire Weisz, the founding Principal of WXY Architecture + Urban Design, New York City. Claire gave us incredible insight into the design and construction of the West Thames Pedestrian Bridge. Architect: @wxystudio Structural Engineer: @thorntontomasetti Image: @wxystudio

International Grammar School

PTW was delighted to be invited to International Grammar School by Deputy Principal Mary Dumas to share insights in a Q&A session with Head Boy Orlando Read and Head Girl Grace Truman into the school’s original design and its distinctive mural 'Seeds of the Future', completed in 1997. This artwork is a collaboration by husband and wife team, Lloyd Kelemen and Jenny Crooke who developed the project in close consultation with PTW’s team led by Executive Director Diane Jones. IGS students also participated in the creation of the work by making ceramic pieces that were incorporated into the design.

The Tapestry Design Prize for Architects

The Tapestry Design Prize for Architects is a unique international award that encourages innovation and visionary thinking by challenging architects to design contemporary tapestries. PTW Executive Director, Diane Jones is delighted to join this year's judging panel which includes John Wardle, Cameron Bruhn, Valerie Kirk, Dimmity Walker and Brook Andrew. As the only tapestry prize in the world that is specifically for Architects it's an incredible opportunity from the Australian Tapestry Workshop to explore our understanding of the intersection between tapestry and space. Entries close Monday 7 June 2021 and all the details are at www.tapestrydesignprize.org

Enmore TAFE Talk

PTW Director Catherine Love was invited back to Enmore TAFE as a guest presenter at a recent workshop on Sustainable Design for their Interior Design students. This follows on from her 2020 talk which explored similar themes of how we can create thoughtful, sustainable design outcomes to build a better future.

12 Hassall Street Competition Win

PTW has won the Design Excellence Competition for a new 60 storey tower at 12 Hassall Street in the Parramatta CBD, Burramatta-gal Country (a clan of the Darug people). The decision of the jury was unanimous.

In contrast to many neighbouring developments, this building is intended to be both tall and narrow - contributing an elegant vertical tower to the city precinct. The proposed scheme is designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating and has integrated principles from PTW’s Reconciliation Action Plan, starting with an indigenous site analysis. As a result, its materiality reflects the natural tones of Parramatta’s rich indigenous history. It is intended to contrast with predominantly glazed/white buildings in the Parramatta CBD. The facades present a different expression to the north and south. The northern expression, which features the scar articulation, responds to the curved horizontal dynamism of the river to the north. The southern streetscape facade, presents a more textured and vertical urban expression.

Competition Team: PTW Architects

Client: Toplace Group

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