Four Renowned Practices Battle it Out to Design Sydney’s Next “Masterpiece”

Artist impression for Barangaroo Central’s current master planning competition (click image for more) © Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Four of architecture’s finest has been shortlisted to design what Australian businessman James Packer hopes to be the most iconic building in since the Opera House. Italian Pritzker Prize-laureate Renzo Piano will compete against Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and London-based Wilkinson Eyre Architects to design a $1 billion, six-star Crown Sydney on a 6000 square meter site in the inner-city waterfront precinct of Barangaroo.

“Sydney deserves one of the world’s best hotels and with these amazing architects I’m confident we will see the most iconic building constructed here since the Opera House,” Packer told The Daily Telegraph. “I want this hotel resort to be instantly recognizable 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.”

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4 Islands in Maldives / OFIS arhitekti

Island 2 - Hadahaa

Architect: OFIS arhitekti
Location: Islands
Project Leaders: Rok Oman, Špela Videčnik
Design Year: 2004-2006
Further Development: 2009
Design Team: Nejc Batistic, Martina Lipicer, Marisa Baptista
3d Animations & Realisations: David Lozej, Jaka Zvan, Rok Jereb

Island 4 - Randheli Island 1 - Funamadua Island 3 - Konotta Island 2 - Hadahaa

Monterey Bay Shores Eco Resort

Our green friends  at Inhabitat just featured a stunning new development set to break ground this month that will convert a desolate disused sand mine into a thriving environmental preserve and eco-. Replete with living walls and a five acre green roof, the development boasts an impressive list of green design elements and is working towards LEED Platinum certification. Now, saying that you’re the “Greenest Eco ” is quite a claim, but if the builds out all that they have promised, it really will be the most environmentally friendly in the US, and possibly in the world.

Read more about it here.