EY Centre, 200 George Street
A Tower of Wood
Embracing natural materials, it appears in the city as a tower made of timber rising out from the greyness of its neighbours. This is achieved through a facade made from multiple layers. The outer layer is a single sheet of low iron clear glass, behind which is a layer of automated blinds of natural timber, located within an air-pressured cavity that is clean and dust free. The inner layer is a sealed double glazed high performance insulating unit. The result is a facade that outperforms any of the surrounding grey glass buildings and looks nothing like them. It is clear and transparent and the natural colour of the wood glows in the sun. In essence, EY Centre is a building made of traditional materials, stone, wood and glass; material that we have been building with for thousands of years, but here unitising the most advanced technology systems.
A Responsive Workplace Tower
This tower creates work environments that are open, flexible, enabled and connected with its fully glazed floors, extensive natural lighting and integrated LED lighting system. Importantly the envelope is a responsive skin, a kinetic architecture, adjusting automatically to the position of the sun and time of day to control heat load and sky glare. This facade with progressively adjusting timber screen filters the light into a warm timber glow reaching deep into the interior.
From outside, the building changes in appearance as the sun moves, the western facade clear and open in the morning and more closed and timber in appearance in the afternoon. We have looked carefully at the history and great richness of this place and tried to both reveal and deepen it, despite the presence of a large building on a tight site in the heart of the city.
In this increasingly global context and the international city that Sydney is, this is a work of Australian Design; a collaboration of Australian architects, designers, consultants, artists, furniture designers and manufacturers, contractors and developers. We have tried to make our competing global city more desirable and competitive through making it more unique and true to itself.