Looking south over Central Station towards Botany Bay and the airport from level 29 of Civic Tower above the Sydney Masonic Centre.
One of Sydney’s most uncompromising 1970s buildings, the Sydney Masonic Centre is a prime example of the ‘Brutalist’ style of architecture which is distinguished by off-form concrete in a range of finishes. Designed by Joseland Gilling, it was built as the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and the ACT of Ancient, Free and Accepted Freemasons.
When the Masonic Centre was completed in 1979 it was without the commercial office tower that was a major part of the original design. The recently completed Civic Tower completes this missing element in the same style as it was originally conceived. Developer and builder, Grocon, worked with the Sustainable Energy Development Authority to achieve an Australian building greenhouse rating of 4.5 stars. A marginal increase in the tower footprint was necessary to achieve a satisfactory core and services and a commercially viable floor plate design. The tower provides 24 levels of office space. A retail area on the ground floor includes a cafe surrounded by a glass wall at the building’s base.