List of tallest buildings in Sydney
This is a list of the tallest buildings in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, which measures all structures to the highest architectural detail. Since August 1981, the tallest structure in Sydney is the Sydney Tower, at 309 m (1,014 ft). However, according to the international standard of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, observation towers are not fully habitable and do not count as buildings. Excluding the Sydney Tower, the tallest building in Sydney is the Citigroup Centre, which was completed in 2000 and stands at 243 m (797 ft). It is also the eighth tallest building in Australia. Sydney originally had a 46 m (151 ft) height limit that was enforced until 1957, which saw a construction boom for skyscrapers and buildings. Its height limit now stands at 235 m (771 ft), which doesn't allow for buildings as high as for example in Melbourne.
Tallest buildings and structures 150m+
|-||Sydney Tower||309||19||1977-1981||Observation Tower||100 Market Street||Although the tallest structure in Sydney, Sydney Tower is not considered a habitable building by the CTBUH as it is primarily an observation tower. 275m to Roof.|
|1||Citigroup Centre||243||50||1998-2000||Commercial||506 George Street||Officially the tallest habitable building in Sydney since 2000. =8th tallest building in Australia.|
|2||Chifley Tower||241||50||1991-1992||Commercial||122 Phillip Street||A 3-metre lightning rod was added in 2000 but does not constitute an architectural feature, leaving the building with an official height of 241m. 206m to roof. Tallest building in Sydney from 1992 to 2000. Was one of the most expensive buildings in the world at A$1.2 billion. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.|
|3||Deutsche Bank Place||240||39||2003-2005||Commercial||126 Phillip Street||The second-tallest building in the world with fewer than 40 floors (Al Faisaliyah Center (Riyadh) is taller at 267m). 160m to roof. Designed by Norman Foster.|
|4||Meriton World Tower||230||75||2001-2004||Residential||85 Liverpool Street||Tallest residential building in Sydney since 2004. Tallest building in Sydney without a spire. Part of the World Square complex. Designed by Nation Fender Katsalidis.|
|5||MLC Centre||228||60||1975-1977||Commercial||19 Martin Place||244m to antenna and 227m to roof. Tallest building in Sydney from 1977 to 1992. Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|6||Governor Phillip Tower||227||54||1991-1994||Commercial||1 Farrer Place||254m to antenna and 227m to roof. Tallest Building in Sydney to antenna. Designed by Denton Corker Marshall.|
|7||Ernst & Young Tower||222||45||2003-2004||Commercial||680 George Street||190m to roof. Part of the World Square complex.|
|8||RBS Tower||219||41||1999-2001||Commercial||88 Phillip Street||More commonly known as Aurora Place but officially RBS Tower. 188m to roof. Designed by Renzo Piano.|
|9||ANZ Tower||195||46||2010-2013||Commercial||163 Castlereagh Street|
|10||Suncorp Place||193||48||1970-1982||Commercial||259 George Street||Construction began in 1970 and was not completed until 1982, as the project was delayed many times.|
|11||AMP Centre||N/A||188||45||1973-1976||Commercial||50 Bridge Street||Tallest building in Sydney from 1976-1977. Currently undergoing major redevelopment. Designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker.|
|=12||Capita Centre||183||31||1987-1979||Commercial||9 Castlereagh Street||Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|=12||Century Tower||183||50||1994-1997||Residential||343 Pitt Street||Tallest residential building in Sydney from 1997-2004.|
|14||Grosvenor Place||180||45||1985-1987||Commercial||225 George Street||Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|=15||Australia Square Tower||170||46||1965-1967||Commercial||264 George Street||Tallest building in Sydney from 1967-1976. Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|=15||Meriton Tower||N/A||170||48||2004-2006||Residential||551 George Street||Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|17||The Peak||168||46||1992-1996||Residential||2 Quay Street||Tallest residential building in Sydney from 1996-1997. Part of the Market City complex.|
|=18||1 O'Connell Street||166||36||1991||Commercial||1 O'Connell Street||Designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker.|
|=18||Westpac Place||166||35||2003-2005||Commercial||251 Kent Street|
|20||201 Elizabeth Street||N/A||165||40||1976-1978||Commercial||201 Elizabeth Street|
|21||Gateway Plaza||N/A||164||46||1987-1990||Commercial||1 Macquarie Place||Designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker.|
|22||HSBC Centre||N/A||162||37||1986-1988||Commercial||586 George Street|
|23||The Cove||N/A||158||45||2001-2003||Residential||129 Harrington Street||Designed by Harry Seidler.|
|24||Hordern Towers||N/A||156||48||1997-1999||Residential||401 Pitt Street||Part of the World Square Complex.|
|=25||Angel Place||N/A||152||35||1995-2000||Commercial||117 Pitt Street||Designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker.|
|=25||Sydney Central||N/A||152||31||1990-1992||Commercial||477 Pitt Street|
|=27||85 Castlereagh Street||N/A||151||32||2009-2012||Commercial||85 Castlereagh Street||Part of the Sydney Tower complex. Designed by John Wardle Architects.|
|=27||Lumière Residences||N/A||151||47||2004-2007||Residential||487 George Street||Designed by Norman Foster.|
Major future projects
This is a list of 150m+ proposed, approved and under construction skyscrapers in Sydney. Note that a 336m supertall skyscraper, Aspire Tower, has been proposed for the Parramatta CBD. See List of tallest buildings in Parramatta for a list of proposed, approved and under construction buildings within Parramatta CBD.
|Sydney Greenland Centre||236||774||70||Residential||TBA||Sydney CBD||Proposed |
|International Tower 1||217||712||49||Commercial||2015||Barangaroo||Under construction|
|1 Alfred Street||185||607||55||Residential||2014||Sydney CBD||Approved|
|International Tower 2||178||584||43||Commercial||2014||Barangaroo||Under construction|
|Metro Grand||170||560||46||Residential||2015||Chatswood Station||Under construction|
|International Tower 3||168||551||39||Commercial||2014||Barangaroo||Under construction|
|33 Bligh Street||165||541||30||Commercial||TBA||Sydney CBD||Approved|
|200 George Street||155||509||35||Commercial||2016||Sydney CBD||Proposed|
|Metro Spire||155||509||42||Residential||2015||Chatswood Station||Under construction|
Timeline of tallest buildings
|Name||Years as tallest||Height (m)||Floors||Notes|
|St James' Church||1824-1875||52||-|
|Town Hall||1875-1879||57||4||Clock tower added in 1875.|
|Garden Palace||1879-1882||64||2||Destroyed by fire in 1882, site is today part of the Royal Botanic Gardens.|
|General Post Office||1891-1939||73||5|
|Sydney Harbour Bridge||-||134||-||Tallest structure in Sydney 1932-1956.|
|TCN TV Tower||-||171||-||Tallest structure in Sydney 1956-65, replaced by taller 233m tower in 1965.|
|TCN TV Tower||-||233||-||Tallest structure in Sydney 1965-81, tallest lattice tower in Australia, replaced original 1956 tower.|
|State Office Block||1965-1967||128||32||Demolished in 1997 to make way for Aurora Place.|
|Australia Square Tower||1967-1976||170||46|
|Sydney Tower||-||309||19||Tallest structure in Sydney 1981–present.|
|Citigroup Centre||2000–present||243||50||Tallest building in Sydney, =8th tallest building in Australia.|
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