Plans are approved for this new Surry Hills Hotel in Surry Hills, designed by Fox Johnston Architects. The new 121-room Hotel is conceived as an urban travellers rest, set in the heart of the cultural precinct around Paramount House, on the south-east fringe of the Sydney CBD.
The plan adapts a former warehouse building straddling Goulburn Lane, Brisbane Street and Commonwealth Street. Its original two-storey brick facade and interior mushroom columns will be retained, and a sculptural new 7-storey building inserted, with hospitality and retail at ground level and 121 rooms above.
Signalling the building’s rebirth will be the hotel lobby on Brisbane Street end, opposite Harmony Park, where the brick facade will be peeled back dramatically revealing the double-height lobby. From here, group-floor retail spaces will open along Goulburn Lane, to Commonwealth Street where the original building entry will be retained.
Two large courtyards spaces are carved out from the building which, combined with the considered landscape approach, provide a welcome ‘green’ relief to the dense urban context. The sculptural form of the new addition compliments the existing industrial fabric and is a fitting response to the tight laneway conditions, providing essential privacy to occupants and residents. There will be a total of 121 rooms with 2 retail spaces and lobby lounge area.