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First Government House Project

The development of First Government House Site consists of Governor Phillip Tower, Governor Macquarie Tower, Governor’s Place and the adjacent Museum of Sydney. Located on the site of the earliest British colony in Australia, the brief required the preservation and integration of the remains of the First Government House which previously occupied the site.

“At the time of the discovery of the footings of our first official building, there was a unified outcry about the possibility of building an open space of any quality in this location. How successfully all of these problems have been resolved or transcended! By sheer quality of design, an important civic space has been created. The calm minimalism of the place contrasts dramatically with the excesses of the surrounding corporate architecture.

This is a dignified and sophisticated urban space carved from the commercial heart of the city. It commemorates and reveals – through text, material, form, texture, order and sculpture – the sense of the meeting of cultures and the passage of history, and it does this in a poetic and evocative way.”
RAIA Jury Citation, Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design, 1995


  • 1996 AILA National Award of Excellence – First Government House Project, Sydney
    1995 Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design – First Government House Place (in collaboration with Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley) RAIA NSW Chapter Awards
    1995 Internationale Marmi E Macchine Marble Architectural Award for Interior Design (with a special mention for Urban Design)
    1994 Commercial Architecture Award, RAIA National Awards
    1994 Sir John Sulman Medal, RAIA NSW Chapter Awards
    1994 Australian Institute of Building Awards, Project Management of Major High-Rise Commercial (in collaboration with Colin Ging and Partner)