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Historic Shell House’s Rooftop Transformation

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An historic interwar building in Sydney’s CBD will be transformed into a multi-level dining experience, including a rooftop bar.

It will be the “hospitality centrepiece” of the $2-billion Brookfield Place Sydney development, which Brookfield Properties regional director Mike Russell said would be a “city-changing project”.

“We knew that the Shell House rooftop was an opportunity to create something extra special for Sydney,” he said.

“We are excited to pioneer this new concept by Point Group and bring style and innovation to Brookfield Place Sydney, which is transforming the historic Wynyard precinct into an exciting mix of premium office space, hospitality experiences, flagship retail and every day conveniences.”

The renovation of the building at 2 Carrington Street will include a ground-floor bar, a dining room and bar on level 9 and the sky bar on level 10, due to open in October.

Point Group chief executive Brett Robinson said it was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reinvigorate the CBD’s dining culture.

“We will take the heritage and legacy of the iconic Menzies Hotel and adapt it to modern day expectations,” he said.

“We want to create an oasis in the heart of the city, that tells a new and interesting story as you travel through the three levels of hospitality.”

Rooftop diners will have a “bird's-eye view” of the historic 400-tonne clock tower, which had been fully restored, while Shell House was excavated and rebuilt.

▲ Shell House's iconic 400 tonne clock tower was suspended mid-air for several years while the building was excavated and rebuilt. Image: Brookfield Properties
▲ Shell House's iconic 400-tonne clock tower was suspended mid-air for several years while the building was excavated and rebuilt. Image: Brookfield Properties


Shell House is historically significant as it is the only surviving interwar commercial palazzo-style building in Sydney clad with glazed terracotta faience blocks. Shell House’s facade is one of the tallest retained heritage facades in the world at 65.5m high.

Prior to redevelopment, Shell House was home to the Menzies Hotel—its 1970s interiors are being transformed into a contemporary office building designed by architects MAKE and Architectus with the new NAB fit-out by Woods Bagot.

It is part of the broader Brookfield Place Sydney revitalisation, which includes a premium-grade commercial tower at 10 Carrington Street, the restoration of Shell House and 285 George St, Wynyard Lane, and an upgrade to Wynyard Station’s George Street entrance.

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