rogers stirk harbour and partners: barangaroo hotel rogers stirk harbour and partners: barangaroo hotel
feb 24, 2010

rogers stirk harbour and partners: barangaroo hotel

‘barangaroo hotel’

the winning proposal for sydney’s biggest hotel more than 100 metres out over the harbour has sparked a heated debate amongst the local community. while no developer has been allowed construction out over the water before, the proposal put forth by british architect richard rogers aims to embark on this untouched territory and, in doing so, help redevelop the area of east darling harbour.

some argue that it breaches the height and density restrictions for the area it is set to be constructed in, as well as bypasses sydney’s ban on building over water. meanwhile, rogers has pointed out that proposed design will benefit the currently ‘non functional’ old container wharves at east darling harbour.

‘there’s no reason why, in the 21st century, we should not build lightly – we have to tread very lightly – out into the water.’- RR

the hotel sitting on a 150 meter long pier aims to provide a different view of the habour with a better oversight of the opera house. moreover, the construction of the wharf, according to sydney’s premier kristina keneally, would also improve access to the habour for visitors of barangaroo. however, for some it is questionable whether the hotel may just be a newer version of the ‘blues point tower’, a widely criticized apartment tower at mcmahons point.

aerial view of the east darling harbour with extended pier

aerial view of the east darling harbour

a model of the proposed hotel at barangaroo image © brendan esposito

to encourage debate about the site, the barangaroo delivery authority hosted a public meeting last night with lord rogers and the former prime minister paul keating, arguing the merits of the scheme.

  • i wonder what the consequences are of building on H2O. Is this gonna become the way of the future. There’s an airport in Japan also built on water which had to be extensively renovated. If they didn’t the airport would have sunk.

    walla wallla says:
  • it isnt getting clear what is actually part of the project…
    no good presentation sorry

    sorryman says:
  • Gorgeous

    Sam says:
  • Unfortunately there’s little to no information on what the hotel will look like. Rather than providing imagery of the awe inspiring architectural design of the hotel we get glossy emotional imagery of how the site will feel.

    aargh says:
  • I wouldn’t even bother looking at it anyway. nothing this ambitious ever gets off the ground in australia anyway.

    steve says:
  • This is a terrible proposal for a city that has already very little in the way of suitable city planning. This is a unique harbor front site for anywhere in the world and the proposed development would be a disgrace to the city. This existing proposal should thrown out by the City of Sydney Council and significantly modified before being reconsidered.
    Unfortunately the successful development proposal that was realized along Circular Quay leading towards the Sydney Opera House was the least site sensitive of proposals and was successful because of political intervention from the former Prime Minister at the time Paul Keating.
    One would hope that the current Labour Government would think long term about the effect of such a development and consider a ‘greener’ and more sympathetic proposal that included significantly more public parklands and a more sympathetic long term approach to the former overseas passenger terminal.

    Thomas Waterman Design says:
  • The main part of the proposal that we find inappropriate is the large hotel complex that is on the extended pier and protrudes deeply into Darling Harbour the other buildings proposed and parklands we find are very sensitive to the Harbour foreshore. Our main concern is the traffic situation around an already overcrowded part of the city.

    Thomas Waterman Design says:
  • typical sydney hype..why dont they call it superroo or some hybrid aussie cringe.225 years later and we are still a convict colony,enslaved by ‘developer cargo cult’ in a city so badly designed its easier to swim to the city.where are the other entries? where’s the transparency ? whatever comes of it you know they’ll have a formula one track disguised as ‘landscaping’..

    snp5k says:
  • the building stucture is fine but more so a distraction to the would destruction of the harbour foreshore.this is and should remain public space.not another darling harbour

    snp5k says:

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