Sydney – A hotel tucked between two buildings can be a tricky site, potential challenges including a lack of natural light and spare views. Positioned in the heart of the city, between the Sydney Harbour and the Central Business District, West Hotel is located in such a site; just at the edge of the harbour, but with no waterfront views. Woods Bagot responded to the constraints by composing an ‘eight-storey-high mini-rainforest atrium’, pointing inwards to bring peace and tranquillity to the bustling area. A shaft of light pierces into the botanical oasis at the heart of the building.
Around the tropical courtyard, lush interiors in dark, moody hues of blue and grey define the guests’ experience. The strong, geometric language of the walls and floors is accented with walnut and brass elements that make up the fixtures and fittings. According to the designers, the building’s ‘distinctive, crystal-like facade by architects Fitzpatrick and Partners provided the reference point for the interiors, with the team drawing from the pattern to create a consistent narrative from outside in.’