Monday, 29 February 2016

1968: Early proposal for Transport Oriented Development at North Sydney

North Sydney decided to embrace the skyscraper during the 1960's which fuelled a major high-rise boom. In 1968, plans to develop the airspace over North Sydney Station was unveiled. It comprised of a hotel and two office towers, and was to be completed in three stages

Tomorrows North Sydney April 8 1968 SMH

Source: Anonymous. 1968. "A Look At Tomorrow's North Sydney". The Sydney Morning Herald, April 8: 8. 

In the end the towers were built. The hotel (known today as the Harbourview Hotel) became reality as conceived.
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The two office towers were built, though they were to appear during the 1970's and1980's

The first office tower (middle) at 13 Blue Street was built in 1975  and is now known as the Fijitsu Centre. The tower rises 20 levels

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A decade later, the 12 level office tower (right) was completed, known as Zurich Insurance House, which appears shorter from earlier plans

Photo taken by the Author.

However they do not share the common podium as originally planned and there is a public square outside the Zurich Insurance Building for people to soak up the city and harbour views.