World’s Tallest Hybrid Timber Tower Plans Approved

The 39-story Sydney Tower, billed as the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower when it was first unveiled in 2020, has been approved. The Shop Architects and BVN’s $1 billion (A$) will be the new home of Atlassian, the Australian tech company. Atlassian will occupy floors seven and higher, while floors one through six will be used for the Railway Square YHA backpacker’s accommodation.

The tower will be defined by a “extroverted expression of wood and plants framed by a crenelated exterior façade,” according to the architects. The top five levels will be given over to open, shared spaces including wellness facilities, lounge spaces, dining areas and planted terraces.

“Primarily devoted to gathering, the exuberant program of the tower crown is a fitting counterpart to its architectural expression,” the architect’s stated.

The tower adjoins Sydney’s Central Station and it is intended to be a linchpin of the state government’s planned technology precinct.


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World’s tallest hybrid timber tower approved