The Lord Mayor of Sydney has labelled a planned design in her city as a “clumsy Dubai-style hotel”.
The comment, by Clover Moore, referred to plans for a second Sydney casino and a six-star 350-room hotel in Barangaroo, a new CBD underway in the city.
Moore’s attack came after New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell branded the project the “sort of tourism-related investment we want”.
The development would sit in the middle of the 22-hectare site at Barangaroo Central, supposedly reserved for civic, educational and recreational uses with building heights capped at 30m.
Last year construction work began on the US$5.4bn Barangaroo by Rogers Stirks Harbour + Partners.
Barangaroo will transform the now defunct container wharves in East Darling Harbour to accommodate 23,000 workers and 800 apartments.
The scheme previously attracted a negative Dubai comparison, with architect Philip Thalis labelling Roger’s 213m hotel “the worst of Dubai ‘look at me’ architecture”.