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Blues Point Tower
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General information
Status Complete
Type Residential
Architectural style Modernist
Location Sydney
Address 14–28 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point
Completed 1962
Height
Roof 83 m (272 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 25
Design and construction
Architect Harry Seidler and Associates

Blues Point Tower is an apartment block in Sydney, Australia. Located in McMahons Point, close to North Sydney, the tower is 83 metres (272 ft) tall with 144 apartments over 25 levels. The building is regarded by some critics as one of the ugliest buildings in Sydney.

History

Construction was completed in 1962, and it was Australia's tallest residential building until 1970.

The architect was Harry Seidler and Associates, who had planned a high-density redevelopment for the entire suburb. Reacting to a 1957 suggestion that the area be zoned for industrial use, Seidler proposed that McMahons Point could instead house hundreds of apartments, all with harbour views. Although the industrial zoning was rejected, political support for Seidler's plan quickly faded, and Blues Point Tower was the only element of the plan to be built.

Seidler was commissioned by Dick Dusseldorp, through his company Civil & Civic. The company's site office during construction was located in an 1870s Victorian villa named Bellvue, which formerly occupied the site.

In February 2011, a 6 metres (20 ft) tall maritime radar was added to the building's roof.

Architecture and heritage value

The heritage listing for the Tower describes it as a "Conspicuous, though unpopular, example of Internationalist style. This landmark building was innovative in its day and intended as a forerunner of a whole movement in architecture and high-density housing".

Criticism

Blues Point Tower is considered by many Sydney residents to be inconsistent with its surrounding buildings and cityscape. Over time, many public figures have criticised it, or even called for its demolition. However, in 1993, North Sydney Council added the building to its local heritage register.

"Come on, this is old news, stupid bloody nonsense, I'm sick to death of it. ... I've always thought Blues Point Tower is one of my best buildings and I stand by that. Anybody who can't see anything in it ought to go back to school."

—Seidler, responding to questions from journalist Stephen Lacey
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