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introduced on the building on the opposite side of the laneway. “With its exposed stairs, Legion House is the more articulated side of the lane,” the architect says. “The facade of the office building opposite offers a simplified rhythm of windows that is a quiet foil to the more complex shapes of the windows in the heritage structure. “The newer building has a sinuous curve at the end, where it splays out to slip in behind the sharp fin of the tower. This leads the eye directly to the tower and the grand entry.” Retail and hospitality premises enliven the street level of the plaza that opens up before the tower. 10 search | save | share at Timber also features here, on a third building, which was designed to conceal the uninspiring rear facades of the buildings behind. “Those existing buildings were uncovered in the process of redeveloping the precinct, but the facades were never meant to be seen,” says McPeake. “So the new building is quite high, with a strong focal point that mimics the top of the tower. A large semi-circular drum ceiling in slotted plywood sits behind a glazed facade. Positioned directly above retail spaces, the drum helps with acoustic insulation. There is also a steel-framed glass canopy with timber battens on the underside, that increases the undercover seating area.” Below:The cantilevered extension to Legion House and the facade of the building opposite both feature composite timber panelling. Top right:This timber facade curves around the plaza at the end of the laneway and slides in behind the sharp fin of the tower. Below right:A suspended neon lighting sculpture by Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans features at the Castlereagh St entry to the ANZ Tower.