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The week Star Entertainment Group revealed the winning design for its beautiful new Sydney Star casino hotel and residential tower in Pyrmont, Sydney. The winning design for the 215-metre-tall skyscraper comes from design firm fjmt.

Sydney Star Casino Design Winner Announced


The Sydney Star casino tower is expected to have at least 220 hotel rooms and 150 permanent residences. Other amenities will include different restaurants, shops, and entertainment facilities. It looks set to become the jewel of Pyrmont. The tower is set to be operated by the Ritz-Carlton.

The project has some significant international backing. Most notably from the Far East Consortium International Limited and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited. Both of whom are based in Hong Kong.

The five-person panel in charge of selecting the best design for the Sydney Star casino came to a unanimous decision that FJMT’s design was best.

“FJMT presented an elegant, international standard design with a refined, distinctive and visually interesting built form said the panel of judges.”

“The design responds sympathetically to environmental considerations. For example, by maximizing solar access for the surrounding area. It does so by incorporating a facade and materials in keeping with the waterfront location,” they added.

fjmt’s design director Richard Francis-Jones expressed his delight at being awarded the winning design. He said, “It will be a unique tower, shaped organically in relation to the local environment and character.”

“The form and profile adjust progressively to preserve sun access into public space. It mitigates wind effects to share views and amenity with neighbours,” he added.

The tower has been designed to have as small a physical footprint as possible,  and as such, will not be a standalone structure. It will rather be incorporated into the existing Star Casino complex.

The design has will be submitted to the New South Wales Department of planning and environment for a final assessment in mid-2017. Construction is set to begin shortly after if approved.

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