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Wilkinson Eyre's Vision for Crown Sydney

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION

Expressions of interest were sought from eight of the world’s leading architecture firms with experience in similar hospitality focused projects. 

A shortlist was selected and invited to participate in an invitation only design competition for the selection of the hotel’s concept design and Principal Architect. 

The Jury panel consisted of representatives from Crown Resorts, Lend Lease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as well as a prominent architect representing the NSW Department of Planning and an observer from the City of Sydney. 

The Jury unanimously recommended Wilkinson Eyre Architects, who were announced by Crown as the hotel’s architect in May 2013.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects (WEA)

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, twice winners of the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, is one of the UK’s leading architecture practices.

Their portfolio of bold, beautiful, intelligent architecture includes the Guangzhou International Finance Centre, currently the eighth tallest building in the world; the giant, sustainably-cooled conservatories for the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, the new Mary Rose Museum in the UK and the acclaimed temporary structure of the London 2012 Basketball Arena.

WEA’s complex architectural form is derived from a sculptural form that is reminiscent of three twisting petals.

The sculptural form of the building takes its inspiration from nature, being composed of organic forms without literal or direct reference. It is an abstract shape that has been developed to leverage the unique aspects of the site while maintaining the requirements of Crown Resort's brief in an elegant form.

The shape of the upper and intermediate levels of the tower is designed to maximise views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

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“Our 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.”

Chris Wilkinson, Founding Director, WEA - May 2013