In Australia's AchitectureAU, Louisa Wright reports that developer Lend Lease has selected seven firms to compete for the design of a new commercial tower in the Circular Quay district of Sydney near Jørn Utzon's iconic Sydney Opera House. Two Australian firms, BVN and Hassell, made the list. The other five firms are Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, HOK, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Foster + Partners, and David Chipperfield Architects.

The competition is actually two competitions, writes Wight, "One for the entire precinct, excluding the Jacksons on George site, and one for the Jacksons on George site only. Located at 174–182 George Street and 33–35 Pitt Street, the commercial office tower will be up to 284 metres in height and will encompass public facilities including the George Street Plaza, rugby club plaza, a public bike hub, a community building, laneways and public artwork."

Completion date for construction of the winner's tower is expected to be 2020.

Read Louisa Wright's full article in ArchitectureAU here.

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