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Project EY Centre Location: Sydney Architect: FJMT Interior design: Davenport Campbell LEADING LIGHT A Closed Cavity Facade, ideal placement and interiors that reflect the co-owner, developer and tenant’s advanced engineering prowess make the EY Centre a leading example for the future of Sydney office development Promotion by great example is a phrase that comes to mind when looking at the development, star location, building design, tenant fit-out and green credentials for the EY Centre – a recent stand-out addition to the Sydney city skyline. Jointly owned by Mirvac Property Trust and AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund, the EY Centre at 200 George Street was developed and built by Mirvac’s in-house development and construction divisions. Senior development manager at Mirvac David Chan says the high-profile location was a key factor in the premium tower’s development. In particular it provided the ideal address for Mirvac’s own head office running over six floors two-thirds of the way up the 37-storey building. “With sitelines to the harbour and bridge and the ability to activate the ground level and surrounding laneways with diverse F&B outlets, public art and leisure spaces, 200 George Street presented the ideal address for a city developer,” says Chan. search | save | share at Architecture firm FJMT was awarded the design for the building, in part for its strong design concept for a warm, approachable building – a more human-friendly high-rise than the rectilinear buildings around it. The curvaceous nature of its interconnected towers and a facade animated by closed-cavity wood-blind elements are leading character features. FJMT design director Richard Francis-Jones says the primary form of the building is created through the interlocking of four elements. “There’s a folded stone ground-plane, which defines the public spaces; a human scaled street- defining form to George Street; an expressed side core accommodating lifts, stairs and amenities, clad in sandstone and terracotta panels; and the two intersecting workplace tower volumes orientat- ing north and west to the harbour and bridge. “This building embraces natural materials, in particular wood and stone, materials of quality and character – it appears in the city as a tower made of Previous pages and right: Comprising 37 storeys and offering 39,200m 2 of premium office space, the EY Centre’s distinctive design is by FJMT. The building’s shimmering, golden curves contribute an iconic new form to the Sydney skyline. Above:The broad folded timber awnings that shade and protect the street at ground level on the EY Centre emphasise the natural materials, human scale and warmth that characterise the whole building.