Expansive view from the Opening VIP Reception venue, 33 Alfred Street

Stunning views of Sydney await those stepping out on the balcony of 33 Alfred Street, host of the Opening VIP Reception

Sunday, 29 October, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
33 Alfred Street, Sydney

This special reception held on the eve of the Conference will give VIPs a unique opportunity to mingle in the fantastic setting of 33 Alfred Street. The elegantly curving building will host a VIP Networking Event on its rooftop deck, offering a commanding view of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour, and Bridge. From the top of the tower that started it all, this spectacular event will take place on the evening of Sunday 29 October, setting the tone for a week’s worth of content on the current and future state of building tall Down Under.

The 26-story 33 Alfred Street, originally designed by Peddle Thorp and Walker (now PTW Architects) and opened in 1962, was Australia’s first skyscraper. It held the title as the country’s tallest building until 1964 when the Observatory Tower completed.

Refurbishment plans drawn up by Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW) will renew and modernize the building’s façade and reinstate some of its lost features. There will also be significant upgrades to its interiors, but these changes will respect the building’s heritage characteristics.

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About 33 Alfred Street

Often regarded as Australia’s first skyscraper, 33 Alfred Street was the first building to officially break the 1912 Sydney Height of Buildings Limit and became Australia’s tallest building upon completion in 1962. The concept design for AMP’s new headquarters began six years earlier as AMP started negotiations with the Sydney City Council and in 1957, submitted an application for permission to exceed the height limit of 150 feet to the New South Wales Chief Secretary, initiating 12 months of investigations by the state government and the Sydney City Council. After a revised application was submitted in 1959 for a tower set back on an urban plaza with the building footprint covering only 55 percent of the total site, permission was granted for construction to begin.

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