Wilkinson Eyre Wins Crown Sydney Hotel Resort Competition

  • 18 May 2013
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has won an international competition to design “Sydney’s next masterpiece.” Selected over three other shortlisted firms – Renzo Piano, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, and KPF – the London-based practice will now be responsible for the design of a $1.5 billion sculptural icon to host a six-star Crown Sydney resort on a 6000-square-meter site in the inner-city waterfront precinct of Barangaroo.

Subject to approval, the 235-meter-tall skyscraper will provide 350 guest rooms and suites, along with four restaurants, a cafe, an ultra-lounge, day spa, roof top pool and luxury retail facilities.

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. 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.”

Paul Baker, Director, 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 forms which twist and rise together. The first form peels off, spreading outward to form the main hotel room accommodation, with the remaining two twisting together toward the sky.”

Reference: Crown Hotel, Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Wilkinson Eyre Wins Crown Sydney Hotel Resort Competition" 18 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=374962>


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    We the people of Sydney do not want this building or this development in it’s current form. An urban design competition was held for this new precinct, a winner selected and a winning scheme overthrown again. Bring in an international jury of top architectural peers such as the jury that selected Utzon’s design for the Sydney Opera House. Expel the politicians, developers and billionaire thugs who can only think of profit before people.

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      I completely agree. Quite apart from anything else building’s scale is thoroughly out of context. We do not need, or want, an edifice to celebrate greed over the city and its people’s interest.

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      well said.
      The same thing happen to Perth with our waterfront development

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    It is interesting that the publicists do not choose to show any views from the opposite side of the peninsula which would show the proposed tower in an entirely different context, a context the developer and Wilkinson Eyre have completely ignored. Viewed from this alternative angle it is a monstrous aberration to the skyline. A disgrace.

    The existing skyline falls towards the tip of the peninsula where the opera house sits. Arguably the most iconic (in the true definition) building of the 20th century. This tower will destroy that skyline, one enormous finger saying up-yours to the rest of Sydney.

    In an act almost more grotesque than the tower itself the developer, James Packer, has suggested that this tower is equal in quality and international significance to the opera house. A comment I hope Chris Wilkinson would like to correct.

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    Can’t say I agree with this design competition or happy with the winning scheme. It has no relevance to Sydney. I am in agreement with the AIA that proper Tender process should have been used and Sydney siders consulted in the process

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    Looking forward to seeing the “masterpiece” when Wilkinson Eyre finally get around to designing it. In the meantime, I’m not sure what all those awful CGIs of some cuttlefish-shaped tower were that accompanied this story.

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    Yes this is what Sydney needs more luxury hotels and less affordable homes :D

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