An iconic building designed as a ‘camera to the view’
About the building
Grosvenor Place is one of the most complex and celebrated works by architect Harry Seidler, who conceived it as a civic sculpture and a ‘camera to the view’. Its two crescent towers, split by an elliptical core, function as ‘convex lenses’ focused towards the Sydney Opera House to the east and Darling Harbour to the west.
Built in 1989, Grosvenor Place was heralded on completion for its column-free floor plates and innovative environmental design, including external sun louvres to maximise daylight and minimise air conditioning. Grosvenor Place won Seidler his fifth Sulman Award for Public Architecture from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.
In 2021, Melbourne studio DesignOffice transformed the upper and lower lobbies into the Grosvenor Business Lounge. It has a grand sense of scale, is flooded with natural light and features modern design touches. The refurbishment preserves Grosvenor Place’s history while providing a contemporary, collaborative space.
Visitors will also be able to tour level 12. The vacant and recently refurbished floor designed by Harry Seidler & Associates features several design treatments that can be applied to any vacant floor within Grosvenor Place.Built
Harry Seidler & Associates, 2009, 2016; DesignOffice, 2021Awards
Royal Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards – Lustig & Moar Prize, 1989
Royal Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards – Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, 1991
MBA Excellence in Construction Awards – Refurbishment, Renovation, Extension, 2009
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards – Interior Architecture Award, 2010
IES Illumination Awards – Lighting Design Award of Excellence, 2011
Green Globe Awards – Achievement Award, 2012
Grosvenor Place’s participation has been made possible by building owners Arcadia and 151 Property.
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