It’s a good question to ask. The enduring appeal of Harry Seidler’s Australia Square tower turned 50 this year – proof that good design has staying power.
When scanning Australian cities, it’s not difficult to pinpoint the commercial buildings that stand out for all the right reasons – they’re the landmark buildings that are also home to productive workers.
But what fundamental elements go into ensuring a building will stand the test of time?
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Australia Square, one of the most famous creations of modernist Austrian-Australian architect Harry Seidler.
Australia Square is a retail and commercial complex in the centre of Sydney’s CBD that consists of two office towers, one low-rise and one high-rise, set on either side of an open plaza. It is most celebrated for the 50-storey tower with distinctive round sides that Seidler designed to minimise any adverse impact its surroundings.
Australia Square welcomes hundreds of visitors daily, not only to work within its offices, but also to admire the architecture (it features as a case study for several architectural courses), or gather in the plaza to eat lunch or socialise after work.