Sydney mayor blasts ‘clumsy’ Dubai architecture

Hotel barangaroo

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”.

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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”.

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One Response to Sydney mayor blasts ‘clumsy’ Dubai architecture

  1. Denzil Roche says:

    It is really true that most of the so called modern towers of Dubai which were built in the last few years are perfect examples for ‘Look at me’ kind of architecture. Looked like everyone involved was too hungry for fame and attention during the real estate boom here. Surprisingly, most of these non-architectural towers were designed by some of the world’s top architectural firms.

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