"BVN bring a Sydney residential sensibility to 115 Bathurst Street, informed by a pedigree of innovative, award winning design"
Greenland Group

The Greenland Centre

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Greenland Group
NSW, Australia
January 2013 -
Full Architectural Services


A 66-storey tower designed to be Sydney’s tallest residential building.

Greenland Centre is a residential tower development, located in Sydney’s CBD. The 66-storey tower is designed to be Sydney’s tallest residential building. BVN was selected from a field of six international architects to design the tower through a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition.

The development includes 481 units, a Council-administered creative hub, retail spaces and a new public realm network associated with the retention of the heritage-listed Water Board building, which is undergoing adaptive refurbishment to become a boutique hotel.
The adaptation of a 26 storey, 1960s commercial building on the site, and the desire to add a further 40 floors above the existing structure, has generated an adaptive response for the lower half of the building.

The building is skinned with a modulating angled glass facade to create wintergardens. Without this added layer, the wind levels at height would make an outdoor balcony unusable. The unique glass-fronted ‘Sydney balconies’ conjure the idea of the quintessential verandah that can be used year round.

Aerial from north


MIPIM/The Architectural Review Future Project Awards - Highly Commended, Residential category

Brief Elements

  • Wintergardens
  • 490 apartments
  • Retail
  • Commercial
  • Boutique hotel
  • Carparking
  • City of Sydney creative hub


  • Planning application submitted just six weeks after commission


Woods Bagot Pty Ltd
Executive Architect
Structural Engineer, Façade Engineer
Early Works Structural Engineer
Wood & Grieve
Electrical Consultant, Hydraulic Consultant, Mechnical Consultant, Acoustic Engineer, WSP, Vertical Transport, Basix Certificates, Fire Engineering
Transport & Traffic Planning Associates
Traffic Engineer
Philip Chun
PCA, BCA Consultant, Fire Engineering
Denny Linker
Land Surveyor
Morris Goding
DDA Consultants
Waste Management
Coffey Geotechnics
Geotech and Environmental Engineer
Barbara Flynn
Public Art Consultant