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    First look at three shortlisted designs for new Star Casino tower

    Nathan Johnson

    Initial concept designs for a new $500 million tower and podium at Star Casino Sydney have been revealed.

    Australia’s BVN, Francis-Jones Morehan Thorp and Grimshaw are involved in a design competitive process for the project which will be situated at the northern end of The Star's Pyrmont casino complex.

    A single render from each of the firms has been advertised on Star’s microsite for the development, revealing very limited information about the concepts.

    Currently we know that the towers will accommodate 220 premium hotel rooms, 150 apartments and 20 new food and beverage venues. The hotel will be run by the Ritz Carlton who is returning to Sydney after a short-lived hiatus.

    The developers will be hoping the project rushes through planning before rival James Packer's Crown Resorts begins operating across the waterfront at the Barangaroo precinct in 2020.

    As part of the competition design process a preferred scheme will be decided by a Design Review Panel which include NSW government Architect Peter Poulet, Group GSA director Lisa-Maree Carrigan and Craig Allchin, adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Technology Sydney and director of Six Degrees Urban, among others. 

    See the designs below:

    FRANCIS JONES MOREHEN THORP1.jpg

    BVN2.jpg

    GRIMSHAW3.jpg

    Images: Star/BVN, FJMT, Grimshaw

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