New Sydney Hotel to Embrace an Era That's Come and Gone (But Then Kinda Came Back Again)
Last year, we were in "Gatsby" heaven, thanks to Baz Luhrmann's stylized movie version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel. Since some scenes were filmed in Sydney, it kind of makes sense for the city to reclaim an art deco building to re-purpose it into a stunning new hotel called the Greenland Hotel.
The building was originally home to the Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Headquarters and sports a formidable art deco facade. Through the redevelopment, that design will carry through all spaces in the hotel; restoring the structure's heritage features and ultimately, a new design hotel will emerge into the city center, just steps from Hyde Park and Pitt Street Mall.
The six-story hotel will also be transforming office space from the "Water Board" days into fresh hotel rooms that feature simple, yet elegant interiors referencing the original stone and timber veneer panel of the vintage design. Each of the 180 rooms will be built around a central skylight, bringing back an era of opulence prior to the Great Depression.
For those looking to party like Gatsby himself, the 7th floor terrace will feature a rooftop restaurant, bar and pool areas. To catch some rays in the day, you might want to watch the clock since part of the development of the site will see the city's tallest tower rise to the sky right next to the hotel, but it will only block some western sunshine.
The full project is set to start next year with the hotel welcoming guests by 2017.
[Renderings: Woods Bagot]