The judging panel for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort has today released images submitted by three of the world’s leading architects as part of the design competition for the proposed resort at Barangaroo South on the city’s harbourfront.
The designs by internationally renowned architects
Wilkinson Eyre Architects (London) are being reviewed by a judging panel comprising representatives from Crown Resorts, Lend Lease, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Crown Resorts Chairman James Packer said he was extremely impressed with the high quality of the work that has been submitted.
“These designs are truly inspiring; they literally take your breath away,” Mr Packer said.
“Sydney deserves one of the world's best hotels and these amazing architects have all delivered. With these sorts of designs, Crown Sydney will be the most iconic building constructed in this city since the Opera House. Whoever ends up winning - it’s guaranteed to be a masterpiece.
“I want this building to be instantly recognisable around the world and feature on postcards and memorabilia promoting Sydney. That’s how you attract international tourists, create jobs and put Sydney on the map.”
The firms have presented their proposed designs to the panel, which will make a formal recommendation to Crown later this month.
The final building design will require approval by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and planning approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Lend Lease’s Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Steve McCann he is excited by the visionary designs that have been submitted.
“Each has its own unique character and reveals the competing firms’ professionalism and their enthusiasm to be part of this world class project, while at the same time meeting our target of protecting and enhancing public access to the Harbour,” Mr McCann said.
In October 2012, Crown and Lend Lease invited a number of internationally acclaimed architects for their interest in participating in the Crown Sydney Hotel Architectural Design Competition.
The hotel will feature approximately 350 guestrooms and suites, with typical guest rooms expected to be some of the largest in Australia. It will also comprise four restaurants, a café, an ultra-lounge, day spa, roof top pool and luxury retail facilities.
Todd Nisbet, Crown’s Executive Vice President – Strategy & Design, said the overriding objective is to introduce a landmark waterfront building to Sydney that is timeless and iconic in nature.
“The hotel must integrate with the cultural and public space at the heart of Barangaroo South and serve as a destination for both locals and visitors,” Mr Nisbet said.
“It must be vibrant and active; celebrate its unique location and position on the harbour; and become a focal point for the western edge of the city that is loved and embraced by Sydneysiders.”
Lend Lease has an exclusive dealing agreement with Crown in relation to the development of the hotel resort at Barangaroo South and is working towards final commercial arrangements.
Subject to receipt of all necessary approvals and subject to finalisation of commercial arrangements between Crown, Lend Lease and the BDA, the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort will be located on the Lend Lease commercial site at the north western corner of Barangaroo South.
The Crown Sydney Hotel Resort Proposal is currently in Stage 2 of the NSW Government's Unsolicited Proposal process.
The design submitted by Kohn Pedersen Fox of New York.
Further information about the competition is available at www.crownsydneyhotel.com