North Sydney’s 88 Walker Tower Clinches Dual Global Honors in Tall Building Excellence

88 Walker by Billbergia in North Sydney
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North Sydney’s towering achievement, 88 Walker, has clinched two prestigious Awards of Excellence from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The $372 million project, a collaboration between Billbergia and fitzpatrick + partners, has soared to the pinnacle of recognition in 2023, claiming the title of North Sydney’s loftiest structure.

These accolades underscore 88 Walker’s global significance, aligning it with a select group of Australian landmarks honored by the CTBUH. Standing tall at 180 meters, the tower has triumphed in two categories: Best Tall Building by Height (100-199 Metres) and Region (Oceania), positioning it as a contender for the coveted ‘Overall Category Winner’ in both spheres.

Comprising 20 levels of upscale hotel accommodations and 24 levels of premier office spaces managed by LaSalle Investment Management, 88 Walker epitomizes a harmonious blend of functionality and architectural finesse. Noteworthy is the tower’s distinctive cantilever, seamlessly integrating with the heritage facade of the former North Sydney Fire Station, now reborn as the Firehouse Hotel. This juxtaposition of old-world charm and modernity is accentuated by a luminous soffit, casting a soft glow over the streets below.

“We’re honoured to have received our first international awards for this monumental project. It is testament to the efforts of our in-house design, engineering and construction teams, our collaborators, and architects fitzpatrick + partners,” said Saul Moran, Development Director – Planning and Design at Billbergia.

“88 Walker has transformed North Sydney’s skyline and enhanced its emerging laneway culture. The tower embodies our commitment to delivering innovative and high-quality mixed-use developments,” he added.

fitzpatrick + partners‘ visionary design for 88 Walker, characterized by its sweeping curves and daring cantilevered structure, represents a remarkable engineering feat years in the making. Founded in the USA in 1969, the CTBUH champions the transformative potential of tall buildings in fostering vibrant and sustainable urban environments.

^The distinct cantilever design over the North Sydney Fire House at 88 Walker (Image: Billbergia)
^The distinct cantilever design over the North Sydney Fire House at 88 Walker (Image: Billbergia)

Paul Reidy, Partner at fitzpatrick + partners, said,

“we are thrilled to be recognised in both categories and are exceptionally proud of the built outcome, which comes from the great collaboration of so many partners from client, engineering teams and architecture. These awards are recognition of the impact a single building can have.”

Established in the USA in 1969, the CTBUH explores the positive impacts of tall buildings in shaping healthy and sustainable cities and is the world’s leading advocate for urban density.

“This year’s submissions showcase the wide spectrum of architectural innovations, construction techniques and urban visions transforming tall-building design internationally, as well as the evolving role of liveable density in shaping our cities and skylines,” explained CTBUH CEO Javier Quintana de Uña. “These projects demonstrate not only architectural excellence but also the need to prioritize sustainability, resilience and human-centric design, setting new benchmarks and aspirations for the entire AEC industry.”

The crowning moment for Billbergia and fitzpatrick + partners awaits at the CTBUH Gala Dinner, slated to grace London’s Barbican Centre from September 23-27, where they will be bestowed with these prestigious Awards.

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