(commonly referred to as the Westpac building) is a commercial skyscraper
located in the north-western corridor of the Sydney central business district
. The building is fully leased to Westpac
, and is the bank's Australian headquarters.
The construction of Westpac Place (previously known as the KENS Project) was completed in 2006 and officially opened by the Hon John Howard
MP, Prime Minister of Australia
on 4 August 2006, marking the completion of the project developed by Leighton Properties. The Prime Minister acknowledged that this building befits the status of one of Australia's leading corporations and is a marvelous addition to the City of Sydney.
The architectural roof feature on top of Westpac Place has become a major part of the Sydney city skyline. This feature incorporates a weather beacon barometer
, and is a key component of the overall composition of the project. It was also a principal element of Johnson Pilton Walker's Design Excellence competition winning design for the site in 2001. The barometer is a particular response to 'place', and alludes to the maritime history of the precinct. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the site was at the harbour's edge, being the heart of Sydney's maritime trade, and was the principal trade route into the city centre.
The architectural roof feature comprises:
- Two metal clad base elements with the larger of the two......