Slender twisting hotel tower proposed to anchor AUS$1bn Sydney development

It will be a unique tower, shaped organically in relation to the local environment and character. The form and profile adjusts progressively to preserve sun access into public space, mitigate wind effects, and to share views and amenity with neighbours
– Richard Francis-Jones, FJMT design director

Australian architecture studio FJMT have been selected to design the proposed hotel and residential tower at The Star Sydney, which will accommodate a new six star Ritz-Carlton.

A design competition featured submissions from three major architectural firms, and FJMT were confirmed as the winner after community and stakeholder feedback.

Their design proposes a slender 60-storey tower that gradually twists as it rises. An associated development – featuring bars, restaurants and some yet-to-be revealed attractions – will connect the new building to the existing Star property.

FJMT design director Richard Francis-Jones said the project will enhance the local streets and public domain, creating a landmark for the suburb of Pyrmont.

“Our vision is for a beautifully sculpted architecture, that will seem to grow from the great sandstone of Pyrmont,” he added. “It will be a unique tower, shaped organically in relation to the local environment and character. The form and profile adjusts progressively to preserve sun access into public space, mitigate wind effects, and to share views and amenity with neighbours.”

The project, which will cost at least AUS$500m, is being developed by The Star Entertainment Group alongside Hong Kong investment companies Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium.

They will now work with FJMT on finalising a design for lodgement with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment by mid-2017. Build time is estimated at 36 months.

“We’re delighted this process has us on the path to delivering Sydney another world-class luxury hotel, and enhancing the city’s appeal to domestic and international tourists,” said The Star Entertainment Group managing director and CEO, Matt Bekier.

“I want to congratulate FJMT for a design so unique and contemporary, and of such widespread appeal in the feedback to date, that we feel sure this tower will become one of Sydney’s most recognisable landmarks.”

Alongside the creation of the new building, a further AUS$500m will be invested in improving the existing facilities at The Star – a leisure complex featuring luxury residences, food and beverage venues, a day spa and a nightclub.

“As an international tourism operator, you face competition at a domestic, regional and global level,” said Bekier. “If you want to be not only successful, but a leader in the industry, you need to invest and redevelop your assets to ensure the quality of experience is never compromised.

“That is the strategy we have adopted across all three of our properties in Queensland and Sydney.”

The company is also collaborating with its Hong Kong partners on a AUS$3bn leisure project at Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane, which will include more than 12 football fields of redeveloped and enhanced public realm 12 Australian football pitches, five new premium hotels and an “iconic” Arc building with high-end restaurants, bars and a sky deck.

The Star  Sydney  FJMT  Ritz Carlton  architecture  design  Australia  Pyrmont 
Related stories

Wanda announces Crone Partners and Kengo Kuma will design luxury Sydney hotel

AUS$7bn six-star hotel and casino to be built in Sydney after contentious scheme wins approval

Australian architecture studio FJMT have been selected to design the proposed hotel and residential tower at The Star Sydney, which will accommodate a new six star Ritz-Carlton. A design competition featured submissions from three major architectural firms, and FJMT were confirmed as the winner after community and stakeholder feedback. Their design proposes a slender 60-storey tower that gradually twists as it rises. An associated development – featuring bars, restaurants and
CLD,HHR,HOT,RST,PRO,ARC,DES,INV
The design proposes a slender 60-storey tower that gradually twists as it rises / FJMT
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7061     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7061     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Alliance Leisure Services Ltd
The company’s core business is the provision of facility development and support for local authorities, educational establishments and leisure trusts that want to improve or expand the leisure products and services they offer.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
The treatment rooms look out onto the jungle and cenote
"True luxury is about preserving the soul of an incredible destination"

KimMegsonvisitstheaward-winning ChabléYucatánResort&Spa

Mahdavi designed pastel interiors for the recently opened Laduree store and cafe in Tokyo
After working for Christian Liaigre in Paris, Mahdavi launched her practice in 1999
"I never thought it was a talent. I just did it very naturally, without thinking"

The ‘queen of colour’ on her nomadic childhood, being fearless and choosing the exact right shade of pink for the Sketch Gallery restaurant

features
CLAD people: Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel Architect
"It has spaces inside that exist nowhere else"

On the National Museum of Qatar

Once he had restored and improved Solomeo, Cucinelli turned his focus to improving the outskirts of the village
"It would be great if today’s men left as a legacy for the future some architectural and humanistic monuments for the next hundred, three hundred, one thousand years"

BrunelloCucinelli has madehisfortune from cashmere and has used hiswealthto restoreandrevive theItalian hamlet he callshome. Wefindout more

Reflective panels on the underside of the roof minimise the loss of crowd noise
Populous’ Christopher Lee has designed more than 30 stadia across five continents
"Our new stadium and wider scheme has been developed to deliver an unrivalled fan experience and significant benefits to our local community. We want to make this venue a world class sports and entertainment destination for everyone, in our birthplace of Tottenham - Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur FC chair "

Tom Walker exploresthe storybehind TottenhamHotspur’sgroundbreakingnew footballstadium

The dramatic-looking Musée de la Romanité opened in June in Nîmes, France
Elizabeth de Portzamparc
"We need to stop the destruction of our world through predatory practices. We need to think of the future"

The architect behind Nimes’ Musée de la Romanité on designing to counter loneliness and the need for more cultural buildings

cladkit product news
nea studio showcase seaweed's design potential with hand-crafted algae lamps
The seaweed lamps were inspired by Edwards Anker's ethos of incorporating local and organic materials in her designs to give them a sense of place
Lauren Heath-Jones
Nina Edwards Anker, a Brooklyn-based designer and founder of architecture and design practice nea studio, has created a new collection ...
Mater partners with Ditzel family to create eco-friendly furniture using reclaimed plastic
The furniture uses plastic from recycled fishing nets
Lauren Heath-Jones
Mater, an ethical design brand based in Denmark, has launched a furniture collection made from plastic reclaimed from the ocean. ...
Paul Kelley pushes 'technical boundaries' with modular furniture cube system
The system is designed to enable users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, where they are in complete control of the design and function of their furniture
Lauren Heath-Jones
British designer Paul Kelley has created a modular magnetic cube furniture system that enables users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, ...
cladkit product news
ZHD'S MEW Coffee Table explores relationship between surface and structure
The MEW Coffee Table is described as an investigation into the relationship between surface and structure
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with Italian furniture design firm Sawaya & Moroni to create the Mew Coffee Table. The ...
Alusid's Sequel collection combines craftsmanship and sustainability says founder
The Sequel collection is billed as the 'most waste-efficient and sustainable' on the market
Lauren Heath-Jones
Alusid, a creator of eco-friendly surfaces, has partnered with Parkside to launch the Sequel range, the brand's first collection of ...
Tom Dixon Studio to relaunch iconic Pylon chair
Pylon was first designed more than 20 years ago
Lauren Heath-Jones
Originally conceived in his metal workshop in the early 90's, the Pylon chair was Dixon's attempt to create the world's ...
cladkit product news
BD Barcelona Design reveals Cristallo by the late Alessandro Mendini
Cristallo was the last design from acclaimed designer and architect Alessandro Mendini
Lauren Heath-Jones
Design Studio BD Barcelona Design has released Cristallo, a limited-edition cabinet designed by the late architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, ...
Crown overhaul changing rooms at Saunton Sands spa
Crown Sports Lockers installed rain of Nebraska Oak clothes lockers with RFID Digilocks in the changing rooms
Lauren Heath-Jones
Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon, UK, has completed a £2m expansion of its spa and wellness facilities. The upgrade included ...
Duravit launches Tempano shower trays
The Tempano trays feature a state-of-the-art design that combines a linear slope with a high drainage rate
Lauren Heath-Jones
Duravit, a Germany-based bathroom fixtures company, has launched Tempano, a series of easy-to-install shower trays for the home. Available in ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates