11/30/2017

Crown Sydney

Breathtaking in scale and destined for global renown, Crown Sydney is a true game-changer: the apex of a natural evolution of our city’s status as a world-class business, finance and tourism hub.

At 271 metres, it will become Sydney’s tallest building. Views will encompass the whole of Sydney’s magnificent harbour and more, from the Pacific Ocean through the Heads, to the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House and further west to the Blue Mountains. Located in Barangaroo South on the western side of Sydney’s CBD, adjacent to the recently rejuvenated waterfront park of Barangaroo Point to the north and Cockle Bay’s well-loved Darling Harbour to the south, it’s part of one of the world’s most extensive urban renewal projects currently underway. Importantly, more than 50% of the site and 100% of the waterfront will be open to the public.

Final approval for the project was awarded by the NSW Government in 2013. Distinguished architectural firms from around the world were invited to compete for the designation of Principal Architect. The jury were unanimous in their selection of Wilkinson Eyre Architects from the UK. Their spectacular vision for Crown Sydney is inspired by an abstract organic form, evocative of three intertwined flower petals.

The facilities are to be differentiated by a level of luxury surpassing the five-star classification. The 350 hotel rooms and suites, 80 apartments, retail outlets, restaurants, cafes and bars, pool and spa amenities, and premium gaming opportunities – in such an elegant style and dazzling setting – will be an instant must-see for many international guests.

Naturally, a project of such astounding complexity and scope is exceptionally demanding from a fire safety engineering perspective. At CORE, our resourceful and meticulous approach enables us to develop well-founded performance solutions in response to the hazards specific to the building’s scale and the size of the expected weekend population. Also noteworthy is the sheer variety of activities which can be expected to occur at any time, and the diversity of occupant demographics; some of these being highly specific to the nature of the VIP gaming facilities and their affluent clientele.

Sydney is experiencing a renaissance of our city and harbour like we have never seen. How compelling it will be to witness the arrival of a landmark such as this in 2021, marking a highlight of this period of exhilarating transformation of the economic, cultural and visual life of our community.

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