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George St Hotel



Haymarket, NSW


Top Silver International


In Development

first nation

Eora Nation

Lying within the ‘Haymarket’ district at the southern end of Sydney CBD this impressive 15 storey 127 room hotel is nestled behind a heritage façade puts forward retail and food outlets reinforcing the commercial nature of the street. The hotel proposal takes the opportunity to restore the existing heritage façade to its original condition and breathing new life into the streetscape.

The tower form is informed by the solid-to-void relationship of the existing heritage facades, the podium aligns itself across both buildings to create a continuous streetscape. A 2m setback void behind the existing heritage façade to creates a buffer to the heritage façade and creates a sunny light well bringing natural light into the hotel rooms below.

The proposal features an intricate pattern of precast concrete panels with treated metal cladding - embodying the material qualities and spirit of the neighbouring heritage library building. Breaking down the massing of the building, the pattern of alternating textured concrete and metal panels is inspired by the pattern of stacked library bookshelves acknowledging the Haymarket Library next door, giving the building visual interest and a subdued yet unmistakable landmark on George Street.
warm marble and sandstone podium reinterprets the classic finish
Providing a subtle setting from where the building can be appreciated, a carefully articulated recess identifies the entry point to the hotel lobby.

Floor to floor glass runs up the entire entry recess to give a visible indicator of occupancy and activity, as well as tying in the old and new portion of the podium. Retail levels on first floor through to basement activate the street.

It is a heritage building on the subject site and the development proposal incorporates a design that retains the existing facades at George Street and Parker Lane, including restoration and reinstatement to the original concept.