Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

Town Hall House

The contemporary redesign and refurbishment of nine floors of Town Hall House is respectful of the original architecture, designed in 1977 by Ancher, Mortlock and Woolley. Public spaces on the first two levels have been reimagined as internal laneways, with new entries rationalising and easing circulation to the cafe, library, exhibition space and customer services.

To complement the concrete and stone interior of the existing Brutalist architecture, the interiors feature materials with natural warmth such as timber. Overhead, an exposed ceiling with a custom-designed grid of circular pendants create a suspended landscape of light.



Significant elements of the original architecture have been reinstated, including a curved stairway connecting Levels 1 and 2 that has been restored to its original sculptural Brutalist form, with sensitively added brass and stone detailing.

Town Hall House is an iconic example of Sydney Brutalist architecture. The 23-storey tower was built behind Sydney Town Hall to provide a central location for the Sydney Council. The building now accommodates approximately 1000 City of Sydney staff and is a high profile element of the City’s corporate presentation and customer service ethos.

Offices across seven floors balance workstation zones with breakout spaces and café-style kitchens to create a light, bright and completely rejuvenated working environment. Achieving 5-star Green Star certification, the project implements energy-efficient digital lighting throughout and was built with certified environmentally-sustainable products and materials.


The redesign and refurbishment of Town Hall House provides a well appointed and contemporary office for the City of Sydney that is respectful of the original architecture, an iconic example of Sydney Brutalism.


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