Haymarket Hotel

An architecture of corners. Designed in dialogue with a series of 'protagonist' buildings within the context, the Haymarket hotel confidently occupies it's George Street corner site to form a gateway into the Sydney CBD.

Project team:
Nicholas Bucci, Tiffany Liew, Jaymus Lim, Anna Ewald-Rice, Andrew Burns

Architecture AND are working with Ceerose on the delivery of a hotel tower at George Street, Haymarket.

Commissioned through design excellence competition process, the proposal employs a stacking strategy, registering a series of predominant datum lines within the context to differentiate groundplane, low rise, high rise and crown elements of the tower.

Streetscape elevation indicating 1912 Height of Buildings Act datum.

The proposal aspires to a civic generosity, informed by the thoughtful heritage expressions within the Haymarket context, preserved through the relative lack of investment in the southern CBD.

744 George Street, an example of an architecture of civic generosity. Brett Boardman Photography.

Extending heritage character laterally and vertically.

The proposal seeks to extend the heritage character of the existing Sutton Forest Meat Company building laterally and vertically, creating an expanded characterful zone of podium and tower base onto which the operator can overlay their brand standards.

The distinctive green and white tiled facade of the existing building is reinterpreted in tower soffit and interior spaces.

Existing Sutton Forest Meat Company building. Brett Boardman Photography.

George Street elevation - the sweeping corner geometry in the tower recurs in the chamfered entry volume.

The chamfered entry geometry resonates with the Christ Church St Lawrence spire opposite.

The low rise portion of the tower is informed by the gridded infill buildings of the context, such as the Former Lottery Office, offering a stable urban backdrop to the context.

Former Lottery Office, James Nangle. Brett Boardman Photography.

Notionally named 'Pepperday Place' after W.A.Pepperday and Co. Printers who occupied the site in the early 19th-20th century, an urban room is created as a key nodal point on a through site link. The tower volume above is inset from north, east and west boundaries to afford skylights to the perimeter of the space.

The urban room.

Tower setback and urban room.

The tower is conceived in dialogue with Central Station clocktower; reinterpreting the distinctive 45 degree buttress corners, the outward sweeping geometry, stacked expression and predominant tonality.

Central Station Clocktower. Brett Boardman Photography.

A familial relationship between buildings - across generations.