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Candalepas and Associates complete a modern, heritage-inspired facade

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Architect: Candalepas Associates
Location: Sydney, Australia
Completion Date:September, 2022

Located a block from Sydney, Australia’s Hyde Park, 116 Bathurst Street has brought a facade of apses and arches to the city. Also known as The Castle, the 37-story tower contains retail and residential spaces, in addition to a hotel. The design competition for 116 Bathurst began in 2013, and the building was completed this month following a four-year construction process.

new facade juxtaposed against neighboring old facade
The scale of the podium is meant to be in-line with nearby buildings. (Rory Gardiner)

The Castle is formed by a 10-story podium adjacent to the historic Porter House with a tower extending from the podium that cantilevers over the Porter House. The Porter House is a 142-year-old heritage-protected building, which served as inspiration for The Castle’s design. A cast-in-place concrete bridge, with an open passageway underneath, connects the two buildings. This allows guests to go between the reception and public areas—located in the Porter House—and the rooms, located in the new podium. Ground-floor retail separates two entrances, accessible from neighboring streets. The uppermost five stories of the tower are set back in accordance with the city’s solar access height plane regulations near Hyde Park, and contain stepped gardens.