Top architectural firm Foster + Partners – best known for its work on The Gherkin in London – has won an international competition to design what will be Sydney’s tallest office tower. Circular Quay Tower – a Lendlease development – will dominate the city’s skyline, stretching 248 metres aboveground. It plans on being the cornerstone that will revitalise the precinct.

The $1.5 billion development will offer a network of pedestrian laneways below, lined with bars, restaurants, and cafes while better connecting the CBD to the harbour. “We wanted Circular Quay Tower and its surroundings to be of its place, taking advantage of its topography and unique location near Sydney Harbour,” says Gerard Evenden, Foster + Partners head of studio and senior executive partner, in an official statement.

"The tower will be the centrepiece of an urban regeneration precinct that will reshape the northern end of the CBD into a vibrant community, contributing to Sydney’s status as a global city,” said Evenden.

Included in the project is the Public Bike Hub, which is designed to encourage more active modes of transport as the city grows. The facility, which will include storage for up to 300 bicycles, will feature a maintenance station, shower and change-rooms, and a concierge desk.

The completion date has yet to be announced.

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