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Wilkinson Eyre wins race for Barangaroo hotel tower

Wilkinson Eyre has beaten Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and KPF to land the high-profile project to design a AUS $1 billion ‘resort’ tower in Sydney, Australia

The double Stirling Prize-winner’s concept for the proposed Crown Sydney Hotel Resort skyscraper at Barangaroo South was praised for ‘its iconic curves and fine lines’ which would ‘celebrate the harbour and create an architectural postcard’.

Chosen ‘unanimously’ by the judging panel, the 235m-tall hotel tower scheme will house around 350 bedrooms, including 70 ‘opulent suites’ on the top floors as well as 100 luxury apartments,shops and casinos.

There are also plans for four restaurants, a café, an ultra-lounge, day spa, roof top pool and luxury retail facilities.

Crown Resorts chairman, James Packer, said: ‘This great city deserves a building that is truly special and Wilkinson Eyre’s design delivers it. It’s a wonderful moment for Crown.’

‘When completed, Crown Sydney will be instantly recognisable around the world…. and will help attract international tourists and assist Sydney to compete with other global destinations.’

Paul Baker, director at Wilkinson Eyre Architects added: ‘The architecture takes its inspiration from nature, composed of organic forms that provide an abstract, sculptural shape; it does not try to mimic any particular plant or flower but is derived from the specificity of the site and the client brief. Its curved geometry emanates from three petal forms which twist and rise together.

‘The first petal peels off, spreading outward to form the main hotel room accommodation, with the remaining two twisting together toward the sky.’

The victorious scheme will be built next to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ contentious three-tower Barangaroo project for developer Lend Lease.  

Construction work on the resort skyscraper has been set for 2014, subject to planning, with a scheduled opening date in 2018.

Winner: Wilkinson Eyre's winning proposal for the Barangaroo hotel tower in Sydney, Australia

Winner: Wilkinson Eyre’s winning proposal for the Barangaroo hotel tower in Sydney, Australia

Previous story (AJ 07.05.2013)

Wilkinson Eyre down to final three in race for Barangaroo hotel tower

Double Stirling Prize-winner Wilkinson Eyre has revealed its proposals in the competition to design a AUS $1 billion ‘resort’ tower in Sydney, Australia

Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and international giant KPF are also vying for the 235m-tall hotel tower scheme which will house around 350 bedrooms, including 70 ‘opulent suites’ on the top floors as well as 100 luxury apartments, restaurants, shops a spa and casinos.

Shard-architect Renzo Piano, who was named on a four-strong shortlist in February, has since dropped out of the contest.

The six-star Crown Sydney building at Barangaroo has been billed as the ‘most iconic building to be constructed in Sydney since the Opera House’.

The victorious scheme will be built next to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ contentious three-tower Barangaroo project for developer Lend Lease.  

Construction work on the resort skyscraper has been set for 2014, subject to planning, with a scheduled opening date in 2018.

A winner will be named alter this month.

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