Governors Phillip & Macquarie Towers

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Governors Phillip & Macquarie Towers information

Location
Sydney , Australia
Address
cnr Phillip, Young & Bent Sts
Getting there
Train: Circular Quay
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Clad in steel, granite and glass, Governor Phillip Tower (1993) is one of Sydney's tallest buildings (254m including antennae). Its distinctive metallic-bladed top has earned it the nickname ‘the Milk Crate’. It's propped up on zinc-plated columns for a monumental 10 storeys before the tower proper begins. At 145m, neighbouring Governor Macquarie Tower (1994) is a comparative pipsqueak.

These towers were part of the redevelopment of the site of Governor Phillip’s first Government House, which had been semiderelict for 50 years. At the block’s northern end the house's remnant foundations were converted into First Government House Plaza and the Museum of Sydney.