Wilkinson Eyre has seen off an impressive shortlist of firms to scoop another major skyscraper scheme in Australia - this time in Melbourne
The AJ120 big hitter was chosen ‘unanimously’ ahead of Foster + Partners, French starchitect Jean Nouvel, local practice Bates Smart and global giants Hassell for the Queensbridge Hotel Tower project in the city’s Southbank area. With a proposed height of 317m, the skyscraper looks set to become the second tallest building in Australia
In May 2013 Wilkinson Eyre beat Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and KPF to land a huge (AUS) $1 billion ‘resort’ tower in Sydney, Australia.
The Melbourne skyscraper will house a 388 room, luxury six–star hotel complete with rooftop garden terrace and around 680 flats.
The victorious design is described as an ‘elegant solution’ featuring ‘three interlocking sculptural forms providing a graceful and unique addition to the Melbourne skyline’.
Project backers Crown Resorts Limited and joint venture partner Schiavello are also proposing ‘a major upgrade’ to the neighbouring Queensbridge Square.
Talking about the contest, Schiavello Group chairman Tony Schiavello said: ‘It was a very competitive design process, with some of the world’s and region’s best known architects involved.
‘The calibre of all five firms in the process shows how special the city of Melbourne is and its prominence on the world stage. This site deserves a truly special building and our vision is to create a landmark building that has international appeal, timeless form and design.’
According to Crown Resorts, the future of the development remains ‘subject to planning approval, project financing and the finalisation of long form joint venture documentation between’.
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New images of Wilkinson Eyre’s Barangaroo tower revealed
Wilkinson Eyre has unveiled fresh images of its competition-winning hotel tower scheme for Barangaroo in Sydney
The double Stirling Prize winner defeated Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and KPF to land the coveted $1.5 billion project in May.
The practice revealed its latest designs for the 270 metre-tall hotel resort at a breakfast meeting in Sydney yesterday (22 July).
The building’s lower three floors will feature retail and a casino surrounded a ‘veil of struts’ inspired by Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral in London – according to the architects.
Chris Wilkinson reportedly told the conference: ‘My ambition is to create a sculptural form that will rise up on the skyline like an inhabited artwork, with differing levels of transparency, striking a clear new image against the sky.’
The victorious scheme will be built next to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ contentious three-tower Barangaroo project for developer Lend Lease.
Planned to complete in 2018, the skyscraper is expected to feature 350 bedrooms and around 100 luxury apartments.