Crown Sydney: An Engineered Response to Sculptural Form

Simon Cloherty
Principal
Robert Bird Group, London

Crown Sydney will be located within Barangaroo South – one of three precincts on the foreshore of Darling Harbour – on the western edge of Sydney’s central business district. The project includes a six-star hotel, VIP gaming facilities, luxury retail, and some of the most desirable residential apartments in Australia, taking in views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The architecture of the tower has a twisting and tapering sculptural form that seeks to maximize the views. The structure is sympathetic to the twisting form, with the perimeter columns following the curvature of the façade. Located on a disused wharf and container storage area, the tower is situated approximately 25 meters from the waterfront. The challenges of site geology and location have informed the selection of the construction methodology which in turn, has influenced the structural design.

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