adrian smith + gordon gill: crown hotel sydney proposal for barangaroo adrian smith + gordon gill: crown hotel sydney proposal for barangaroo
may 08, 2013

adrian smith + gordon gill: crown hotel sydney proposal for barangaroo

‘crown hotel sydney proposal’ by adrian smith + gordon gill architecture, sydney, australiaimage © adrian smith + gordon gill architectureall images courtesy of crown hotel sydney

 

 

 

the final proposal in the competition to design the symbolic new ‘crown hotel‘ in sydney continues an exploration in marine themes to inform the overall form and performance of the building. designed by chicago and beijing-based studio adrian smith + gordon gill architects, the proposal exploresthe nautilus curve and the natural architecture of the seashell. the vertical structure contains a continuous backbone along the seaside from which baysfollowing the golden proportion contain the hotel and commercial spaces. along the back side, bands delineating each floor weave in and out of eachother creating crevices for exterior patios. the ground level contains an exposed structure and various levels of transparency, exposing the public spacesand retail functions to a designed plaza and park along the water’s edge. the project is by far the largest of the three, making a distinct statement within the urban context.

 

 

elevation in contextimage © adrian smith + gordon gill architecture

 

 

image © adrian smith + gordon gill architecture

 

 

backside with exterior patiosimage © adrian smith + gordon gill architecture

 

 

ground level public spacesimage © adrian smith + gordon gill architecture

 

 

reflecting pool and plazaimage © adrian smith + gordon gill architecture

 

 

siteimage © adrian smith + gordon gill architecture

 

 

image © adrian smith + gordon gill architecture

 

 conceptimage © adrian smith + gordon gill architecture

  • with some tweaking the tower could be a winner, and a nice addition to the harbour front, but the podium – which is a critical element – is looking awful. Those sculpted columns and struts are looking very contrived! The contoured stacking of the podium is also unconvincing

    blau says:
  • Inspiration from shells or a bread knife?

    Aaron says:
  • The best of the three proposals, sculpturally, but that podium is a dog’s breakfast.
    Sort of Zaha Hadid meets cheese fondue.

    TheCat says:
  • chicken knife

    carrl says:
  • In a city blighted by gambling, another casino! This project is iconic of Sydney’s ongoing struggle between the public interests and government/ developer vested interests.

    Robot says:
  • This project is iconic for the wrong reasons: in a city blighted by gambling, another casino, and of Sydney’s ongoing struggle between public interests and government/ developer vested interests.

    Robot says:

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