British firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won a competition to design a $1.5 billion hotel skyscraper on the harbourfront in Sydney, Australia.
The proposal by last year’s World Building of the Year winners beat submissions from international firm Kohn Pedersen Fox and Chicago practice Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, which recently unveiledplans for Mumbai’s tallest tower.
The news comes two months after plans were announced for what will be Australia’s tallest building, a 388-metre-high tower in Melbourne, while last month British architect Grimshaw submitted plans for a 90-storey skyscraper in a suburb of Sydney.
Wilkinson Eyre’s planned 235-metre-tall skyscraper, located in the Barangaroo South area near Sydney Harbour Bridge, will be occupied by a six-star luxury hotel, The Crown Sydney Hotel Resort.
The winning design is inspired by nature, according to the architects. «Its curved geometry emanates from three petal forms which twist and rise together,» said Paul Baker, director at Wilkinson Eyre.
«The first petal peels off, spreading outward to form the main hotel room accommodation, with the remaining two twisting together toward the sky.»
Chris Wilkinson, director of Wilkinson Eyre, said: «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 building will contain around 350 guestrooms and suites, four restaurants, a day spa, rooftop pool and high-end shops.
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