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he architecture of 339 Pitt Street in
Sydney’s city centre, constructed
in 1939, is a heritage building in the
international style of the art deco period
that once served as the offices of the Sydney
Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage
(M.W.S.& D.) Board. The hotel conversion,
designed by Woods Bagot, will highlight and
restore the building’s heritage features, while
repurposing the space as a contemporary design
hotel, with rooftop restaurant, bar and pool.
Converted from empty office space, hotel
rooms over six floors feature luxurious interiors,
creating an authentic, sophisticated and engaging
experience for guests. Heritage features of the site,
such as original scagliola columns, are celebrated
while complementary finishes and materials have
been added to create an elegant, modern feel.
The upper levels are very utilitarian so
Woods Bagot’s challenge was to make these
spaces more residential, achieved by introducing
carpets along the corridors, and wallpaper on the
walls. On the heritage level, where tiled walls had
to be retained, the addition of reverse-clad timber
panelling and carpet runners on the existing
terrazzo floors achieves a quiet balance between
young and old.
The rooftop terrace is the new insertion of the
hotel. Communicated through modern furniture
and material concept, it will be the final layer of
this multi-tiered project, where the design takes
a ‘looking back to look forward’ approach to create
an authentic experience for guests.
Transforming this 1939 art deco, heritage building
into a contemporary-design hotel calls for an intricate
balance of old and new.
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