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Architek / Primus Hotel Sydney refurb by GBA Heritage & Woods Bagot


Exerts by Benjamen Judd for The Primus Hotel

Romancing the stone, very few hotels can boast the kind of SavoirFaire, the Primus Hotel has to it’s credit. Nestled amongst the city [Central Business District], a stroll away from the main shopping precinct and a stones throw from Downtown Chinatown in the opposite direction, sees the heritage building stand tall within the golden mile. This key positioning welcomes many guests, most notably the Asian/ Chinese tourist market.

Before reopening as Sydney’s newest premier luxury hotel, the Primus Hotel was the original home of the Sydney Water Board. One of the most expensive buildings of the time, the heritage listed Water Board was designed by local architect firm H.E. Budden and Mackey and was a stunning example of the Inter-War Art Deco aesthetics that flourished prior to World War II.

Heritage architecture specialists GBA Heritage and international design firm Woods Bagot were charged with the dual task of bringing back to life the grand scope of the original building while fitting the space out with all the modern requirements expected by today’s travellers. From the geometric detailing in the rugs and wallpaper, the soaring skylight in the grand foyer to the carefully curated fonts used throughout the hotel – no detail has been overlooked in process of transforming the Water Board into a world-class hotel.

“Ensuring that we appropriately resolved the balance between retention of heritage significance and creating a wonderful, functional hotel.” said Jonathan Bryant from GBA Heritage.

Wade Little of Woods Bagot, “The rooftop terrace is the newest addition to the building. The new bar area and pool created an opportunity to provide a whole new type of amenity for the building. Our reference for this area comes directly from the building, the layering of brick to create the outdoor bar, the terrazzo floor pattern and the color of the tiles in the pool.”

Sydney’s most impressive urban resort is now located on level 7 of Primus Hotel Sydney. With a 20m heated lap pool, sundeck and sun lounges, this intimate area is ideal for relaxing and escaping the lively streets of Sydney. An intelligent mix of green terracing, flowing water and indoor-outdoor spaces creates the ultimate New York rooftop vibe.

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