Monday, 2 May 2016

1973: The original World Square Scheme (Evolution of World Square)

I had always thought the Kenzo Tange's 1985 design for World Square was the original scheme for World Square.

Photo by the Author.

But the first World Square Scheme dates back to 1973, when Stocks and Holdings proposed a $150 million scheme for the site of Anthony Horderns and surrounding buildings on the block bounded by George, Liverpool, Pitt and Castlereagh Streets.

Source: Anonymous. 1973. "Huge Block Plans". The Sun Herald, March 25: 9.

At the time, it was the biggest ever proposal for a single block in Sydney. The podium would have included a retail complex, dining spaces along with theatres and clubs along with a possible hotel. The credit crisis was to follow and it would claim Stocks and Holdings.