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Latest on the Barangaroo Casino and Hotel

9 May

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Just one image of the fourth entry in the design competition for the Barangaroo Casino and Hotel has been published. It is believed to be from an Australian design firm of international standing but the details are yet to be released.

The design has been embraced by Sydney architects as an accurate response to the history of the site and of the process so far. One Sydney architect said “The design has some strong anthropomorphic elements but it is hard to put my finger on the exact references”.

The proposed building is 72 storeys with a spectacular eight storey penthouse at the top of the stunning kinked cylindrical tower. The base is three triangular forms containing the casino, an ultra luxury spa and wellness centre that is rumoured to have a membership consisting solely of billionaire men, and a small theatre that may be open to the public for up to two matinee performances every year.

No parallels have yet been drawn to the Opera House but it seems the comparisons will be inevitable.

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From the press:

Wilkinson Eyre down to final three in race for Barangaroo hotel tower
7 May, 2013 | By Richard Waite

Double Stirling Prize-winner Wilkinson Eyre has revealed its proposals in the competition to design a AUS $1 billion ‘resort’ tower in Sydney, Australia.

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Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and international giant KPF are also vying for the 235m-tall hotel tower scheme which will house around 350 bedrooms, including 70 ‘opulent suites’ on the top floors as well as 100 luxury apartments, restaurants, shops a spa and casinos.

Shard-architect Renzo Piano, who was named on a four-strong shortlist in February, has since dropped out of the contest.

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The six-star Crown Sydney building at Barangaroo has been billed as the ‘most iconic building to be constructed in Sydney since the Opera House’.

The victorious scheme will be built next to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ contentious three-tower Barangaroo project for developer Lend Lease.

Construction work on the resort skyscraper has been set for 2014, subject to planning, with a scheduled opening date in 2018.

A winner will be named alter this month.

Source- http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/wilkinson-eyre-down-to-final-three-in-race-for-barangaroo-hotel-tower/8647632.article

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