WILKINSON EYRE WINNER OF INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION FOR PROPOSED NEW SIXSTAR HOTEL AND RESIDENTIAL TOWER PRECINCT - 19 October 2015
MELBOURNE: Crown Resorts Limited (ASX: CWN) and its joint venture partner, Schiavello Group,
announced today that award winning British architects, Wilkinson Eyre had won the contest to design the
proposed new Queensbridge Hotel Tower and precinct to be located in Melbourne’s Southbank area.
Crown and Schiavello conducted a global design competition which resulted in five architecture firms being
shortlisted – Wilkinson Eyre, Bates Smart, Hassell, Foster + Partners and Jean Nouvel. The competition jury
selected the proposed design from Wilkinson Eyre as the best proposal for the site and were unanimous in
Situated in one of Melbourne’s premier living and leisure destinations and one of Australia’s prime hosting
areas for international meetings and events, the proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower will comprise a
388room, luxury six–star hotel and approximately 680 apartments. The hotel will feature a truly unique special
event space and a publicly accessible restaurant, lounge and garden terrace at the top of the tower.
The design also provides an active streetscape and public forecourt area with retail outlets and restaurants,
which will become a new amenity for locals and visitors, connecting the ground floor of the building and hotel
to the outdoors area.
In addition to the proposed landmark hotel tower, Crown and Schiavello are also proposing a major upgrade
to Queensbridge Square improving the precinct’s attractiveness for local residents and visitors alike.
With its three Southbank hotels at nearly full capacity (over 90 percent occupancy), the addition of this luxury
hotel will assist Melbourne to meet its future tourist accommodation demands, with Crown being able to offer
over 2,000 guest rooms and suites, upon completion.
This luxury hotel addition coupled with the recently announced expansion of the Melbourne Convention and
Exhibition Centre will reinforce the Southbank precinct’s position as Victoria’s leading tourism, meetings,
exhibitions and event destination.
A sculptural pedestrian link will provide hotel guests with all-weather access from the lobby of the new luxury
hotel to the Crown Melbourne Resort. The joining of this prestigious development to the Crown Melbourne
Resort will reinforce Crown’s market leading position in Australia as one of the largest international tourism
and business destinations.
Wilkinson Eyre’s elegant solution for the Queensbridge Hotel Tower will be created by three interlocking
sculptural forms providing a graceful and unique addition to the Melbourne skyline.
Some indicative images of the winning Wilkinson Eyre design are attached.
Crown Resorts Executive Director, James Packer, thanked the judging panel and congratulated Wilkinson
Eyre on their appointment:
"Wilkinson Eyre have designed a beautiful and elegant building that is destined to be an important addition to
the Melbourne skyline. Melbourne just keeps getting better as a city, but we can’t take this success for
“A new hotel is the next evolution of Crown Melbourne. I am committed to this city and committed to keeping
Crown Melbourne at the forefront of Australian tourism. A new Crown hotel means more rooms for interstate
and international tourists and that means more jobs for Victorians,” Mr Packer said.
Schiavello Group Chairman, Tony Schiavello thanked all of the participating architects:
“It was a very competitive design process, with some of the world’s and region’s best known architects
involved. The calibre of all five firms in the process shows how special the city of Melbourne is and its’
prominence on the world stage. This site deserves a truly special building and our vision is to create a
landmark building that has international appeal, timeless form and design.”
“We want to create a place that people are proud to call home,” Mr Schiavello said.
Crown Resorts CEO, Rowen Craigie added:
‘‘The new luxury hotel addition to Crown Melbourne will have significant economic and employment benefits
for Victoria with over 3,000 new direct and indirect jobs during construction and over 1,000 new direct and
indirect jobs on an on-going basis after completion. The development will also assist Melbourne in attracting
more high net worth tourists, reinforcing the city’s appeal as a destination for important international
conferences, sporting and cultural events.”
On winning the design competition, Paul Baker, Director Wilkinson Eyre said:
“We approached this project with the ambition to create an elegant and timeless building that will become a
new, world-class landmark against the Melbourne skyline. All across the world we are seeing cities embrace
iconic developments as they vie for their share of international tourists.”
“We are confident that the design of the proposed Hotel and the ’one of a kind’ offerings like the ’Sky Bar’ at
the top of the tower will be ‘must see’ destinations in Melbourne. We are delighted to have been given the
opportunity to design what we believe will be an outstanding addition to the world’s most liveable city,’’ Mr
The proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower development remains subject to planning approval, project
financing and the finalisation of long form joint venture documentation between Crown and Schiavello.
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About Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Wilkinson Eyre Architects, twice winners of both the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize and the RIBA Lubetkin
Prize, is one of the UK’s leading architecture practices. Its portfolio of bold, beautiful, intelligent architecture
includes the Guangzhou International Finance Center, the giant cooled conservatories for Gardens by the
Bay in Singapore; the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, the acclaimed temporary structure of the London
2012 Basketball Arena and the recently completed Weston Library in Oxford and Wellcome Collection in
The Queensbridge project is a prestigious addition to the practice’s international experience and portfolio of
tall buildings and is currently working on super tall high-rise projects in Sydney, Toronto, New York, and
Current projects include the restoration of Battersea Power Station, and the King’s Cross Gasholders in
London and Crown Sydney in Australia.