Poly Centre 210 George Street | Grimshaw

Poly Centre 210 George Street | Grimshaw | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Poly Centre 210 George Street | Grimshaw

Traditional Land Owners

New South Wales

Commercial Architecture
Lord Mayors Prize (NSW)
Peter Bennetts
Project summary

Grimshaw’s 27-storey workplace, the Poly Centre, is in the emerging Alfred, Pitt, Daley and George (APDG) precinct, adjacent to Circular Quay.

The design, sculptural in form, manifests as a tripartite composition: east-facing core, 27-storey central tower facing westward, and an 11-storey tower formed by a series of cantilevered arches in dialogue with this historically significant precinct.

The expressed vertical blades on the western façades enable transparency to the street at the same time as shading occupants at different times of day. Conceived as a series of vertical villages in expansive double-height volumes that allow tenants to work with the highest level of amenity but also a heightened sense of community. The interior utilizes daylight in a way that enhances the spaces within to produce a truly leading-edge workplace with wellness central in the design.

The building targets a 5-star Green Star As-Built rating and a 5-star NABERS Energy rating.

National Architecture Awards Accolades
National Commendation for Commercial Architecture
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Commercial Architecture
The Sir Arthur G Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture (NSW)
New South Wales Jury Presentation

Poly took a design excellence-led approach to 210 George Street, working with the City of Sydney and with Grimshaw. 210 George Street was Poly’s preeminent investment and first development, Grimshaw’s design was selected for its architectural distinction and qualities that aligned with Poly’s global reputation for excellence and innovation.

With tenants demanding flexibility and diversity, high levels of amenity and experience of place, Poly was delighted to develop 210 George Street as a design without any comparison in Sydney. The award-winning design responds to Sydney’s grand civic architecture and this complex project creates a new standard for commercial property.

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Poly Centre 210 George Street | Grimshaw | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

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