The hotel towers changing Sydney and Melbourne’s cityscapes

Green walls, trees and sky gardens will adorn a $700 million, 226-metre luxury hotel and office tower in the heart of Sydney’s financial district.

The 55-level tower at 4-6 Bligh Street will be the first luxury hotel built in the CBD for 20 years, according to developers SC Capital Partners.

It is scheduled for completion in 2022, with the hotel to be operated under the brand Andaz Hotels by Hyatt.

Chair of the Singapore-based investment group, Suchad Chiaranussati, said: “Sydney is Australia’s number one tourist destination and commercial capital; however, hotels are generally dated and well below expectations by global gateway city standards.”

[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”15046″ align=”left”]Design firm Woods Bagot will mastermind the project after winning an architectural competition over rivals Architectus, Atelier Jean Nouvel, Bates Smart, FJMT and SHARA, PTW and Collins & Turner and March.

Woods Bagot principal Ian Lomas describes the building as “verdant and lush”, dedicated to incorporating nature throughout its design.

“In Sydney, we feel that nature is only ever held back, and if it were left unchecked it would quickly reclaim its domain,” he said.

“Green walls, unexpected roof gardens, trees and generous landscaping at street level are part of the building’s integrated sustainability strategy.”

The lower nine-level office podium will include a clubhouse with a pool and wellness centre, childcare, and co-working facilities.

The hotel rooms and suites are in the upper echelons, boasting a public “sky living room” and reception on the fifteenth floor.

Melbourne development on song

Malaysian budget accommodation operator Tune Hotels has gained approval to knock down a two-storey building in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane and replace it with dual hotel and serviced apartment towers.

The development includes a 24-storey tower fronting Flinders Street and a larger 30-storey tower on trendy Flinders Lane and will offer 457 rooms alongside 80 serviced apartments.

Tune’s Singapore-based chief executive, Mark Lankester, told Fairfax media the final structure will be occupied by two different hotel brands, one mid-scale and the other upper-scale, with construction to start in 2020 or 2021.

“We will be developing and operating it, it just won’t be done under the Tune Hotel brand,” Mr Lankester said.

“We’ve got the permit. Now the hard work begins.”

The operator runs 11 Tune-branded venues in Malaysia and has a similarly branded hotel in Gujerat, India, and another in Liverpool, UK.

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