66 King Street
Fender Katsalidis’ redevelopment of 66 King Street features an internal facelift and creation of a rooftop level to reconfigure the heritage-listed building into a dynamic co-working, retail and potential entertainment space. The complete fitout of the 14-level building adds 7,300sqm of A Grade commercial space to Sydney’s CBD.
Known as the ACA building when it was constructed in 1938, it remains a fine example of Modern American Art Deco architecture with a stepped tower, geometric ornament and grand entry. Analysis of historical documentation guided the restoration of rich heritage features including its marble entrance, window carvings and perimeter parapet mouldings. Other legacy features include a former double height assurance chamber on ground level returned to its original status.
This adaptive reuse resulted in a fifth elevation being added to the commercial building. Its previously neglected rooftop has been repurposed into an accessible terrace with panoramic views of the city.
Operable wall panels with lantern-like illumination crown the top of the building which will be partially occupied by a bar or restaurant. This outcome aligns with the City of Sydney’s vision for well-designed and activated rooftops. In addition to revived external elements, new modern interiors support the commercial needs of today. Advanced environmental features also give the building a 5-Star NABERS rating.
Floors have been optimised for co-working with meeting spaces, breakout areas and active workspace. Anchor tenant WeWork aims to prove that the co-working model can offer great amenity for business operators, offering flexibility to grow and scale back as required within the current market.
The site’s 500sqm ground floor, basement and rooftop spaces are well-suited for bar, restaurant and café tenants, servicing the office workers and pedestrian traffic through improved transport links and retail outlets.
66 King Street marks another Fender Katsalidis-designed revitalisation project in the city’s CBD to compliment the buildings the practice recently renovated at George Place.