Quay Quarter Tower | 3XN Architects

Sydney / Australia / 2022

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The 206-meter, 49 story Quay Quarter Tower (QQT) is a once-in-a-generation project. Located on the edge of Sydney’s bustling Circular Quay, the tower “upcycles” the existing AMP Centre tower. Built only in 1976, the original AMP Centre was reaching the end of its usable lifespan, but rather than simply tear it down and start over, the project team set out to reach an ambitious goal: to reuse as much of the existing building and set a lofty new standard for what is possible for adaptive reuse in architecture.


Today, that goal has been achieved. QQT retains over 65% of the original structure (beams, columns, and slabs) and 95% of the original core, resulting in an embodied carbon saving of 12,000 tonnes (the equivalent of 35,000 flights between Sydney and Melbourne).


Facts:


Project Name: Quay Quarter Tower
Location: 50 Bridge Street, Sydney, NSW; 2000 Australia


Type: Commercial Tower, Retail + Public Space Podium


Client: AMP Capital


Project Size: 102,000m2; 89,000m2 commercial, 4,100m2


Project Site Area: 8,197m2


No. of Floors: 49 office floors; 3 Floors retail, 7 floors


Building Height:


Status: Built


Project Timeline:


Competition Start + Win: 2014


Construction: April 2018 – April 2022;


Completion: 2022


 


Embodied Carbon Saving: 12,000 metric tonnes (the equivalent of 33,000 Sydney – Melbourne flights or 8,800 Copenhagen to Sydney flights.)


Structural Retention: 65%


Core Retention: 90%


Additions: 4 additional lift/elevator shafts, scissor stair, double deck lift system


New Construction Area: approx.. 45,000m2 (approximately double the former building’s area)


Solar Radiance Reduction: 30% via sunshade hoods


 


 


3XN Team:


Design Leadership: Kim Herforth Nielsen, Fred Holt, Jeanette Hansen, Audun Opdal


Project Managers: Jeanette Hansen, Fred Holt, Gry Kjaer, Alyssa Murasaki Saltzgaber
Design Architect: Fred Holt
Façade Specialist: Torsten Wang


Key Team – Design Phase: Fred Holt, Louise Villumsen, Morten Norman Lund, Oskar Nordstrom, Sebastian le Dantec Reinhardt, Torsten Wang, Gry Kjaer, Alyssa Murasaki Saltzgaber
Key Team – Execution: Fred Holt, Alyssa Murasaki Saltzgaber, Torsten Wang, Jeppe Kongstad Hjort
Full Team: Alvin Kung, Andrew Le, Carlos Ramos Seidenfaden, Henrik Rømer Kania, Jeppe Kongstad Hjort, Jes Tonsgaard, Kasia Stachura, Louise Villumsen, Mads Herskind Møller, Maria Tkacova, Martin Rejnholt Fred­eriksen, Morten Andersen, Morten Norman Lund, Olaf Kunert, Oskar Nordstrøm, Rasmus Møller, Sam Sweeney, Sebastian le Dantec Reinhardt, Torsten Wang


Photography: Credits include in photo file names.


 


Collaborators:


Executive Architect: BVN


Contractor: Multiplex


Engineers; Structures: BG&E


Engineers; MEP: Arup


Landscape Architect: ASPECT Studios


Façade Consultant: Arup


Lobby + Market Hall Interiors: Design Research Studio (DRS)


Public Artwork: Studio Olafur Eliasson/Studio Other Spaces

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    The 206-meter, 49 story Quay Quarter Tower (QQT) is a once-in-a-generation project. Located on the edge of Sydney’s bustling Circular Quay, the tower “upcycles” the existing AMP Centre tower. Built only in 1976, the original AMP Centre was reaching the end of its usable lifespan, but rather than simply tear it down and start over, the project team set out to reach an ambitious goal: to reuse as much of the existing building and set a lofty new standard for what is possible for...

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