33 Bligh St
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Energy Australia & Investa
- Concept Design
33 Bligh St is a new building type, combining a major new city zone electricity substation with a commercial tower. Located in the heart of Sydney, the design successfully melds the two disparate elements into one unified form.
The substation is treated as a highly sculptured podium that respectfully responds to its more historic neighbours, above which is a public plaza separating the podium from the tower. The office tower takes the classic curtain-wall design of modern office towers in a new direction. The standard uniform curtain wall facade is pushed and pulled at each level to create something more engaging and unique, while adhering to standard construction techniques.
The proposed design strives to create one of the most strikingly significant buildings of recent times in the Sydney CBD while tackling the complex issues of improving the city’s infrastructure and achieving a successful commercial outcome.
Sustainability principles used in the design include:
- Solar panels on the roof
- Naturally ventilated courtyards & public plaza
- Low maintenance façade system & low E glazing
- Rainwater collection and re-use
- Low energy lighting