British firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects has come out on top out of the eight invited international submissions for the $1.5 billion skyscraper to be built on the harbourfront of Sydney. Chosen by Crown Resorts the controversial 235 metre tall home for Crown Sydney at Barangaroo South will not only break the existing height limit of 170 metres, for a hotel on the site, it will also transform the harbour skyline.
The skyscraper which is still to be approved by the State Government will accomodate a six-star luxury 350-room hotel, four restaurants, luxury wellness and retail facilities and invitation-only gambling facilities. In conjunction with Lend Lease who are supporting further development of the coastal Barangaroo, there will be a focus on public space to reinvigorate the area.
The judging panel – consisting of representatives from Crown Resorts, Lend Lease, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the NSW Department of Planning – unanimously recommended the Wilkinson Eyre design to Crown, following an extended design competition.
The proposal beat submissions from international firm Kohn Pedersen Fox and Chicago practice Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, which recently unveiled plans for Mumbai’s tallest tower. As winners of the Gardens by the Bay project (Singapore) at the sustain’ Magazine Awards 2013, it appears Wilkinson Eyre Architects will leave their mark on Sydney.
In discussing the design James Packer said, “When completed, Crown Sydney will be instantly recognisable around the world. Its iconic curves and fine lines celebrate the harbour and create an architectural ‘postcard’ that will help attract international tourists and assist Sydney to compete with other global destinations.”
On winning the design competition, Chris Wilkinson, Founding Director, Wilkinson Eyre Architects stated: “Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is a great privilege to design such a significant building on the waterfront. The challenge for this important waterfront site was to design an elegant sculptural form that will enhance the skyline and create a lively public realm at ground level.
“The special relationship that Sydney has with the water and the effect it has on the light is really very attractive to me and raises my spirits. 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.”
Committed to achieving innovative, efficient and beautiful design solutions Wilkinson Eyre’s projects state ”In our work, we focus on how low energy design can become the driver for innovative and inspirational architecture. Our work draws from the lessons of nature, but is also based on a celebration of progress and technology, and a recognition of how these can be tools in creating environmentally responsible buildings.
“Our ability to design buildings which perform well environmentally is demonstrated by our ISO 14001 accreditation – the recognised British standard for environmental management systems. We recognise LEED and BREEAM as important methodologies for benchmarking the environmental performance of our buildings, and are fully engaged in the wider public debate about sustainability through our membership of the UK Green Building Council.”
Based in Ultimo and in close proximity to Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, Dhub looks forward to a project that excels in both aesthetics and its sustainable design and hopes that Wilkinson Eyre Architects deliver an environment that not only contributes to the economy and cultural life of Sydney but also one that is inclusive and delivers the firms committment to innovation in methodologies and technology.
View the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort Unsolicited Proposal.