Sydney’s Top 5 Future Skyscrapers

These are the top 5 skyscrapers which will dramatically change the Sydney Skyline

Crown Casino Birdseye View
Developer:Crown Limited
Architect:Adrian Smith Gordon Gill
Location:Waterman Quay, Barangaroo, NSW, 2000
Height of Building:271.3m High
Number of Buildings:1
Number of Floors:75 stories
Number of Hotel Rooms:350
Star Rating of Hotel:6 Stars
Build Cost in AUD ($):$1,127,374,000
Building End Value AUD ($):$2,000,000,000
Estimated Completion Date:Early 2021

2. One Sydney Harbour, Barangaroo (247m, 207m, 103m)

One Sydney Harbour Barangaroo Render
Architect:Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Location:Corner Hickson Road & Waterman Quay, Barangaroo, NSW, 2000
Number of Buildings:3
Height of Building 1:247m
Height of Building 2:207m
Height of Building 3:104m
Number of Floors:72 Floors, 60 Floors, 29 Floors
Number of Apartments in Building #1:327 Apartments
Number of Apartments in Building #2:297 Apartments
Number of Apartments in Building #3:151 Apartments
Number of Parking spaces in Building #1:392 Car spaces
Number of Parking spaces in Building #2:321 Car spaces
Number of Parking spaces in Building #3:171 Car spaces
Gross Floor Area of Building #1:47,882m2 (47,451m2 residential & 431m2 retail)
Gross Floor Area of Building #2:39,063m2 (38,596m2 residential & 467m2 retail)
Gross Floor Area of Building #3:19,158m2 (18,249m2 residential & 909m2 retail)
Estimated Completion Date:2020

3. The Star Casino Tower 6 Star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Pyrmont (228m)

The Star Ritz-Carlton Hotel Render
Source: FMJT
Developer:The Star
Location:80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009
Height of Building:228m High
Number of Buildings:1
Number of Floors:65 stories
Number of Hotel Rooms:220 Hotel rooms
Number of Apartments:150 Apartments
Star Rating of Hotel:6 Stars
Build Cost in AUD ($):$500,000,000
Estimated Completion Date:2020

4. The Greenland Centre, Sydney CBD (237m)

Developer:Greenland Group
Architect:Woods Bagot (Nik Karalis & Domenic Alvaro) & BVN (James Grose and Phillip Rossington)
Location:115, Bathurst St, Sydney, 2000
Height of Building:237m High
Number of Buildings:1
Number of Floors:68 stories
Number of Apartments:470
Cheapest Apartment:$528,000
Most Expensive Apartment:$11,000,000
Building End Value AUD ($):$700,000,000
Estimated Completion Date:Late 2019

5. The Sydney Metro Towers, Martin Place (~145m, ~125m)

Martin Place North Tower Sydney Metro
Developer:Macquarie Group
Location:Above Martin Place Station
Number of Buildings:2
Height of Building #1:~145m
Number of Floors:~39 Floors
Height of Building #2:~125m
Number of Floors:~32 Floors
Use of Tower:Office
Estimated Completion Date:2024


  1. NOT one high-rise over 350m – could be because the height restrictions don’t allow for that, but how about some of these companies push for a change. Sydney has a major height phobia when it comes to high-rise and makes the city look like a cheap 2nd class city.

    How about more trees along the major street in the city, removing circular quay station and cahill hwy and place them underground – opening the quay up to a huge square, filled with trees and people. Including a complete renovation of the wharf’s.

    Couple 400m high high-rise in North Sydney would help balance the city.

    Nothing will ever change when surfer dudes from the eastern suburbs keep getting elected.

    • Not to be disrespectful, but my understanding is that Sydney’s airport is a factor that constrains the height of buildings within the CBD

  2. Honestly I really admire and share your goal Dejan Mladenovski. I have never been to Sydney, but I really fell in love of its skyline. I think that Sydney is not probably a rich city as New York (I have been there) so it’s difficult to build more skyscrapers. However I think that they should try to build higher and more skyscrapers because it’s the only way to show to the world that Sydney is not just famous for the Sydney opera house, but it’s an important city. Also Sydney must carry on its being seen as the most important city in Australia, but actually Melbourne has more and higher skyscrapers… the idea that is given to a stranger is that Melbourne is gonna be the new most important city. It looks like there is a conflict between the two cities and it’s not a good thing. Australian government should give more space to art in Melbourne and give more space and importance to skyscrapers in Sydney or everything that makes this city a real global city!

    • Hey Angelo, I really appreciate your comments its great feedback on the current situation of Sydney relative to its position in Australia. I cannot see Sydney losing the mantle for being the head of the finance industry however, I do see Melbourne becoming more important on a domestic level.

      The two cities are fundamentally different for one major reason, Melbourne’s development is centred on the CBD & Sydney’s development has far more city centres which are morphing into genuine CBD centres in their own right. There is no Parramatta equivalent in Melbourne, nor is there a Chatswood equivalent.

      Sydney has built up the following centres to a substantial level:

      Macquarie Park
      North Sydney
      St Leonards
      Sydney Olympic Park

      Although Box Hill it heading that way towards becoming a CBD within the Melbourne metro area, it has a long way to go before it can reach the likes of Parramatta or Chatswood.

      To address the question of the height difference in our tallest skyscrapers then you are right. Melbourne is ahead of Sydney & will continue to be ahead of Sydney for the decades ahead. The key to becoming a global city is not just about the height of the skyscrapers (See London as an example), it’s more to do with how the residents interact with the city & importantly how its public transport system makes white collar jobs accessible to an educated workforce. What both cities need is massive spending on public transport connecting these mini city centres which is why Sydney will benefit from having a decentralised CBD in the long run as once these nodes are connected in Sydney, the city will prosper to become the true global city becoming one of the worlds most livable, beautiful & wealthy cities in the process.

      • What Dejan says is perfectly true. Melbourne may look superficially impressive, but most of the new very tall buildings are residential apartment constructions. Sydney’s new skyscrapers are, in the main, commercial buildings. This is where the money comes from and this is what primarily defines a global city. The other main reason is Sydney’s very high connectivity to the rest of the world through finance dealings and it’s massive international tourist and international student industries. There is significant high tech industries in Macquarie Park and Sydney is a leader in Fintec. Sydney is extremely beautiful and has numerous icons that make it instantly recognisable internationally. Big buildings don’t mean everything!