A respectful dialogue

  • Restoration of two government buildings to create a new flagship hotel
  • Design retains important heritage features
  • Includes the landscaping of adjacent public realm

Project Details

Location Sydney, Australia
Status Design/Concept
Sectors Hotels and resorts,
Area 32,000m²/344,500ft²
Client Pontiac Land Group

We’re reimagining two historic buildings in Sydney’s Sandstone Precinct – the Lands Building and Education Building – to create one of the world’s finest grand hotels. Our sensitive restoration will open up these formerly government-occupied buildings, allowing the public to engage with their fabric for the first time.

Our design retains internal and external heritage features of both structures, located just minutes from Sydney Harbour, including their grand loggias and famed sandstone facades. The Education Building will undergo a 3-storey roof extension with curved glass bays, while the Lands Building will be crowned with a new curved steel and glass diagrid roof, plus a new lift and viewing platform for its clock tower. Between them the buildings will feature grandly proportioned guest rooms, luxury spa facilities, and a curated selection of shops, cafes and cultural offers.

The project includes the transformation of Farrer Place, public realm directly in front of the Education Building. We’re landscaping the square with new paving, greenery, seating and a water feature to reinstate it as a pivotal city square.

Our design to restore and reinterpret these unique structures establishes a respectful dialogue with their heritage. The completed scheme will not only reinforce the buildings’ distinctive characters but also safeguard their historic fabric for generations to come.