Let us show you a tower inspired by nature and history by GroupGSA and Rafael de la Hoz. Winner of the International Design Excellence Competition for 197 Church Street, Parramatta, Australia. The architectural concept originates from the building’s location in the heart of Parramatta. “Drawing inspiration from the urban context, heritage and the timeless Australian landscape, our proposal meets the challenge of shaping the transformation of Parramatta. The design is imbued with multiple layers of meaning and significance to generate a contemporary design of sensitivity and sophistication. Towers are defined by their verticality. We searched for inspiration within the New South Wales landscape for a characteristic Australian element that could help us express this verticality, an element that establishes a link originating from its placement in the heart of Parramatta. We found our inspiration in the EucalyptusTree, a species endemic to the Parramatta area. The Eucalypt is most clearly expressed in the design of the elevation, which abstracts the pattern of the bark of a Eucalyptus tree into a series of oval elements, staggered across its façade.” Take a look!