The redevelopment of the Hyatt Regency Sydney (161 Sussex Street) has revitalised Sydney’s western fringe, connecting the CBD to Darling Harbour whilst restoring and revealing lost heritage.
The 5-star Hyatt Regency is a redevelopment of the existing Nikko Hotel site located within the Darling Harbour precinct. The key challenge has been designing a facility over the Western Distributor Freeway system, one of the busiest arterial roads in Sydney CBD.
The hotel expansion is designed to increase the quantum of hotel accommodation in Darling Harbour, with significantly improved convention facilities, functionality for front and back of house areas, public amenity around the site, and the provision of a direct, safe through-site link to Darling Harbour.
The 27-storey tower responds to its prominent gateway and corner position with a carefully shaped veil that opens the vista from Market Street to Pyrmont Bridge. The curved facade responds to the tower’s role as urban marker on the Pyrmont Bridge alignment, while maximising views over Darling Harbour, with selected façade materials giving it a unique elegance to provide its own identity within the locality. The convention facility’s prominent façade addresses the Darling Harbour silhouette and reinforces the horizontal nature of the Western Distributor while the sawtooth roof form resonates of adjacent heritage roofs both current and demolished. The refurbished public domain and Sussex Street frontage provide a prominent and legible building entry and positive activation of the streetscape with a variety of uses and sensitive integration of heritage fabric.
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2016 Urban Taskforce Hospitality Award