The opening of OVO at Green Square, with more than 600 residents was celebrated today by NSW minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts, Landcom CEO, John Brogden, Mirvac CEO and managing director, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz and Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) design director, Richard Francis-Jones.

Designed by FJMT in partnership with Mirvac Design, OVO features a distinctive ellipsoid-shaped tower taking advantage of the prime views of the city and beyond. The façade of the building has one of the most complex colour, detail and manufacturing systems Mirvac has delivered, including approximately 1,800 panels in 134 different shapes and 17 different colours.

OVO is the tallest tower within the Green Square Town Centre at 28 storeys, and according to architect Richard Francis-Jones, the façade was destined to reflect a number of local features, "including the Eastern Suburbs Banksia, while the ellipsoid-shaped tower was designed in a way so that it would minimise overshadow.”

As the second Landcom and Mirvac building to be completed at Green Square, following the completion of Ebsworth in early 2017, Brogden says the completion of the OVO building was a great example of a successful urban renewal project that had “transformed a former industrial area into an attractive, sought after community.”

Mirvac’s CEO Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz says that, “Mirvac’s vision is to reimagine urban life and OVO is testament to that. It is an iconic building that transforms the skyline and is the result of extensive planning and collaboration between Landcom, City of Sydney, FJMT and Mirvac,” she says.

According to Mirvac, OVO is a sustainable residential building with low operational energy consumption, reduced drinking water use while at the same time maintaining a high level of indoor environmental quality through appropriate mechanical design, façade configuration and materials selection.

All of the apartments exceed BASIX compliance with each apartment fitted with water and energy efficient fittings and fixtures, while the building has been designed to optimise solar access and natural ventilation.

Just a short walk to the Green Square Train Station, OVO is linked to the Sydney CBD and beyond by an extensive public transport network, offering residents complete ‘walkability’ of this location.

Later this year, the City of Sydney will open the civic plaza and library, with more amenities, such as parks and an aquatic centre, set to open in the coming years. This has followed the completion of a $32 million community and cultural precinct, complete with a three-storey creative centre, which opened in May 2018.

The City of Sydney has committed $540 million to deliver the public realm at the precinct, quality infrastructure and community facilities such as the library, civic plaza, aquatic centre and playing fields, while the NSW Government through Landcom, is providing 1.8 hectares of land and approximately $80m of development contributions towards public infrastructure, $36.6m towards affordable housing, and $5m for a public park at Green Square Town Centre.