We were in Sydney this week completing a shoot for a short film on 8Chifley by Ed Lippmann, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Arup. The building is a wonderful collaboration made even better with the recent addition of electronic artwork by New York's Jenny Holzer. Much of our still photography arises from these opportunities during filming. It's a rare and privileged double that gets us into and onto some of the best vantage points around. Such as this one on the roof of the former Wentworth now Sofitel Hotel overlooking Chifley Square. While filming and photographing 8Chifley at dusk we took time out to capture this adjacent tower. While many workers had left for the day, some remained and the tower's windows reminded us of eyelids in various stages of opening and closure.
This checker-board view of its illuminated offices and the darkening sky is a dramatic, almost theatrical piece. A mere 18 storeys up, it proves that this relatively low-level view within the city can be every bit as immersive and powerful as from the roof of a 70 storey tower. A vertical view of 8Chifley has also been added to our New Work section under the title of Transformer. It's a transformative building in many ways for Sydney with a muscular stance framed by diagonal columns with a rare engagement at street level. More on that later, but this is a glimpse of what is to come.