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    Default Aurora place - Renzo Piano

    This is one of my personal favorites in sydney, built in 1996 by renzo piano and has 44 floors.




    Also in the picture, Govenor Phillip tower, another of my favorites.



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    Aurora Place was completed in 2000.

    It is actually claded in a white laminated glass
    and all windows are either rhomboids or squares.

    It's height to roof/fin is 617ft /188m and to tip of spire is
    718ft /219m. The spire itself is 295ft / 90m.

    An aerial:



    More pics of Aurora Place:









    ...and its foyer/cafe/atrium with the marble egg sculptures:




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    Great pics!

    Its so beautiful!!!

    And it looks so delicate. And i love the lobby/cafe/atrium.

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    It is indeed a beautiful building, one of my favourite high rises in the world despite its modest proportions.

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    Yes it is one of my world favorites as well.

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    I could tip-toe the other day and touched the glass on an overhang @ street level. A white lattice sandwiched in-between the thick plates of glass. Just over 1/2 inch in width.

    More architectural magazine-type pics











    It's 17 level twin, Macquarie Apts:



    ...and the view:


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    I like the arial, and the front face.

    the side looks a bit icky in the day, but the night lighting make the lines much more apparant and lends some motion to the facade.

    I like it....

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    The main tower's translucent fin:

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    ...and a pic taken very late in the evening:


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    Fantastic building.

    And I just love this pic...



    Piano is such a genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninjahedge
    I like the aerial, and the front face.
    The side looks a bit icky in the day,
    but the night lighting make the lines much more apparent
    and lends some motion to the facade.
    I like it....
    As far as the side looking "icky" i.e. the browny beige colouring,
    it's not its true colour as its cladded in white laminated glass.
    The pics that show the off colour may have been taken when the sun
    was rising in the east, which that facade is facing.

    Personally, I find Aurora Place Tower up-close a tad sterile,
    but it looks superb on the Sydney skyline.

    I'm sure that Piano had Aurora Place Tower and the 17 level Macquarie Apartments,
    both part of Aurora Place on his resume to get the contract for the New York Times HQ.

    The similarities are apparent i.e. the white laminated glass,
    the enclosed atrium, the translucent crown and the mega spire/mast....

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    ...and paying homage to The Opera House:

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    Truly my favorite building in Sydney. And in that last picture it kind of mirrors the opera house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmeka
    ...And in that last picture it kind of mirrors the opera house.
    ...and that wasn't accidental.
    Renzo Piano detailed the translucent fins to compliment The Opera House.

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    emmeka, i feel like we are soul mates.

    i have read this forum for ages and i feel like we have the same mind. this is by far the best building in Sydney!!!

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    Well, its good to know. I'm very flattered that you think of me as that..

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    True happiness has been found on Wired N.Y. :wink: <---- that is the wink emoticon.

    BTW here is a recent night pic of Aurora (and others) taken by tayser from the hydraulically
    revolving Orbit Bar on the 46th top level of Australia Square Tower, which is now
    the 11th tower tallest to roof in Sydney.
    Aurora Place Tower of course in the middle of the shot below:


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