Australian architectural and consulting company Woods Bagot has won a competition to design Sydney’s first luxury hotel in 20 years.
The 55-storey tower will be established at 4-6 Bligh Street in the city’s central business district (CBD).
The project will create one address for the hotel operated by Andaz Hotels by Hyatt and the other for commercial uses.
Singapore-based investment group SC Capital Partners Group has organised the competition.
City of Sydney’s director of city planning, development and transport and competition juror Graham Jahn said: “The design was the unanimous choice of the six-member jury.”
Jahn was joined by acting New South Wales’ government architect and jury chair Olivia Hyde; SC Capital Partners executive director of development Bruce Hennen; Group GSA architect and director Lisa Maree Carrigan; and HASSELL architect Ken Maher.
At 226 metres, the building’s sculptural form is expected to contribute to the city skyline and respond to its metropolitan context.
The first three storeys will include the ‘urban room’, comprising retail as well as separate entries for both the hotel and offices.
Commuters and guests can also use a discrete porte-cochere aside the shaded veranda that leads to gardens, grand stairs and retail.
The upper levels will feature a city brasserie and co-working spaces.
A nine-level commercial office podium atop the urban room will include a pool, wellness centre, childcare services and more co-working facilities topped by roof gardens.
The next 38 storeys will accommodate hotel rooms and suites, which stop at the fiftieth floor, where guests can enjoy a rooftop restaurant, bar and garden with panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour, the Heads and surrounding parks.
Woods Bagot principal and Sydney studio design leader Ian Lomas said: “The building will be instantly recognizable from every angle, as the tower changes form and emphasis in response to context, orientation and internal function.”
The building will also set two new environmental and planning standards for the city. The hotel at 4-6 Bligh Street will be the first to achieve a WELL Building Standard, a global rating system that focuses on how buildings affect end-users’ comfort, as well as the City of Sydney’s Central Sydney Planning Strategy.
The hotel is expected to be completed by 2022.
Image: Woods Bagot wins contest to design luxury hotel in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Courtesy of WOODS BAGOT.