A Sydney Design Excellence competition scheme, 142 – 154 Macquarie Street is a mixed use development comprising 938 apartments and a 243 guest room hotel in towers ranging from 25 to 57-storeys. From surrounding streets and the riverfront, the towers appear to disappear into the sky, and at a close distance they reveal a complex yet subtle attention to detail.
The site is designed to maximise amenity for residents by creating a complete urban neighbourhood, including laneways, retail, recreational facilities, a public square and an open-air museum.
A large variety of apartment types is included, with the majority arranged to capture distant views that can never be built out.
The architecture is pragmatic and efficient, yet recognisable and distinct. It supports the concept of creating an enduring urban neighbourhood that will not quickly date or be inflexible for future occupancy.