American Express Tower, King Street Wharf, Sydney, Australia

Fully committed to American Express this 10 level, 14,500m2 commercial building was completed in late 2007 as the Australian headquarters for this multinational company.  Designed by Cox Richardson and Crone Architects the building incorporates a striking façade design incorporating architectural fins that provide an abstract image to the city CBD and main southern approach ramp to Sydney’s iconic harbour bridge.

The tower has three retail tenancies at street level, is constructed over an existing four level share basement carpark and accommodates 1,500 people.  The facades have been designed to respond both to solar issues and the close proximity of the building to the harbour bridge southern approach ramp.  Constructed in glass and zinc and featuring operable louvers and sun-shading devices.  A through site link activates the precinct and links the building to the CBD and greater King Street Wharf precinct.  The external blade screen on the eastern façade of 6B is a dramatic combination of art and science in response to reflectivity and solar issues and the proximity of the building to the bridge approach ramp.  The balcony areas on the office building provide amenity, visible activity and the opportunity to incorporate naturally ventilated spaces. Project Value AUD$110 million.

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