One Barangaroo awarded International Property Awards Best Hotel Architecture, Australia

We are proud to announce One Barangaroo has been awarded the International Property Awards Best Hotel Architecture Austrailia 2021. The tower is located on the waterfront in a newly regenerated site on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. The 275-metre landmark, marking the northwest corner of the city’s main Central Business District, comprises a luxury resort hotel with 349 hotel rooms and suites, waterfront restaurants, cafés, bars and high-end shops, together with 76 luxury residential apartments above. The building has played an important role in the transformation of Barangaroo into Sydney's first carbon neutral precinct and a world class destination.

The tower form draws inspiration from nature, with three petals that twist as they rise up from the ground and podium. One peels off at mid-level to create the main hotel accommodation while the other two continue up to form the residential accommodation.

WilkinsonEyre’s co-founder, Chris Wilkinson, comments: “The idea was to create a sculptural form that rises up on the skyline like an inhabited artwork with different levels of transparency. An elegant structural form, the building takes full advantage of the panoramic views of Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the relationship with Darling Harbour. The way a tower reaches the sky is important to me – in the past you would find the plant on the upper levels but, with this building, the petals twist and turn as the building rises up to the sky. Equally important is how the building meets the ground – one petal extends to the ground providing a continuous curved line down the west elevation of the building, which is pretty unique.”

A four-storey podium with perimeter terraces is overlaid with a veil of marble sections reminiscent of Gothic stone tracery, providing some shade to the terraces beneath and a touch of visual lightness. At the lower levels, the podium responds to its spectacular waterfront location with four entrances making strong connections that encourage circulation through the building. Guests arrive through a dramatic, triple height porte-cochère enclosed by glass blades and verdant planting framing the main entrances to the hotel and residences. The undulating soffit guides the eye in towards the reception as it transitions seamlessly to the lobby ceiling. Feature lighting on the planting, sculptures and water bounce shadows and shimmering caustics onto the soffit creating a changing environment throughout the day. Within the lobby, a dramatic staircase curves up to the fourth floor creating a spherical void. Continuing the idea of an inhabited artwork, the geometry of the stair is tuned to allow light to filter down from the top, visually connecting the different levels.

The tower is supported by a vertical core with outriggers that connect to concrete helical perimeter columns that follow the changing form of the building. The continuous curving highly insulated façade is made up of three different systems. This includes a triangulated system to deal with the tighter curves, while the main tower glazing consists of floor-to-floor rectangular panels of differing widths that were cold formed into shape in situ. The third glazing system enclosing the hotel room accommodation is a more traditional curtain walling system with projecting mullions.

While the glazing systems require a high number of bespoke glazed panels to deal with curvature, they are also highly insulated to reduce solar gain and provide a continuous glazed form that captures and reflects the changing light. The hotel rooms and apartments are designed to make full use of the panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city, the changing floor plates making each room unique.

In support of a zero waste strategy and a wider commitment to the Climate Positive Development Program, the design exceeds current standards for energy performance and plugs into the Barangaroo development local district heating and waste systems. During the build of One Barangaroo, Crown have significantly contributed to the clean-up and remediation of the Barangaroo precinct and over 300 trees have been planted within the grounds. One Barangaroo has created over 2,000 jobs for New South Wales and celebrates local craftmanship with many artworks by Australian artists on display.