Sydney Architecture Images- Central Business District

Haymarket Metro Plaza


WMK Watermark


75 Quay Street Haymarket




Millennium Minimalist Modernism. feature-incorporates 1912 Federation warehouse brick facade that has sat there in front of a carpark since the '80s.


Developer, Metroland. $80M  
218 apartments, 5 Star Nabers and Greenstar Residential and Retail design
height-12storeys/52m. 2 basements. ground floor retail. 10 storeys office. 12th floor-plant. site-3000sqm


Multi-residential Apartment Buildings
  Above- earlier schemes. Smart Design Studio and Bates Smart.
  Image- Culwulla
  This cleverly resolved residential development in the Haymarket Special Area designed by WMK Watermark achieved City of Sydney DA approval in less than a year.

WMK Watermark won the City of Sydney sanctioned Design Competition for this undeveloped site run by the Developer, Metroland.

Located in the heart of Haymarket, the $80M Metro Plaza mixed use development captures the area’s social and architectural diversity. Through design excellence this innovative design was awarded 10% bonus floor area and 10% bonus height by the City of Sydney.

WMK Watermark’s design incorporates varied architectural elements, with each of the two 14 storey towers expressing their own personality, while ingenious planning maximises sun access and views. The treatment of the remnant heritage wall enhances the urban scale of the Ultimo Rd/Quay St corner and the podium design incorporates a diagonal pedestrian link.

Quick facts:

•218 apartments
•9,000sqm of retail
•Tri-generation electricity
•33% greater sun access than SEPP65
•30% greater natural ventilation than SEPP65
•Telescoping of plant and car park ventilation
•5 Star Nabers and Greenstar Residential and Retail design
•Meets City of Sydney 2030 energy targets
  Metro Plaza Central- Latest rumblings from the Haymarket.
18 Jul

The UTS campus and the Haymarket area in general (including Chinatown) is emerging as one of Sydney’s demographic and cultural hot spots (Central Park, the Gehry building, etc, etc). Below is some info on a proposed multi-res development by Metroland on a long dormant site.

Metro Plaza Central, Haymarket

Haymarket, Metro Plaza Central with 15 levels of luxury residential apartments, (studios or one, two and three bedroom layouts). The lower levels will contain 3 floors of retail shops plus restaurants and underground parking.
Metro Plaza central will be diagonally situated across from UTS’ new Faculty of Business to be designed by Frank Ghery. Pre-sales and construction were expected to commence in September 2010 (stated on website).

This site has been used as a carpark since the ’80s. An old market Federation Warehouse style facade has been preserved on the corner. Many of these facades have been cleverly reused in the Haymarket area and have maintained the market character of the area (see below for examples).

I don’t think that the Metroland scheme actually deals successfully with the old facade element- in fact it is very difficult


office space-26,300sqm +retail
carspace-62+ 82 public
developer-NGI management
Architects-Watermark Architecture & Interiors Pty Ltd
floor plate-U shape with full height internal void.