Journeying through the ground plane, all sensory cues are triggered as we are greeted by a dynamic Hotel Lobby with exaggerated proportion and scale connecting to the skyline. Enhancing this experience further and providing both a magnificent visual and a natural bio-filter purifying the air of biotoxins, is the 356m2 moss wall. The beautiful green structure removes 5,400 tons of pollutants per annum, the equivalent to 6,200 urban trees and, assists in drawing natural ventilation through the internal street deep into the site whilst simultaneously offering a purifying green lung to the city.
The drama of the ground floor lobby volume is continued within the language of the entire podium, utilising setbacks and sloping planes to capture sunlight and reveal the mood of the city.
The uplift in daylight to the ground plane was also vital to the inclusion of a vertical farm intended to provide produce, honey and herbs for the F&B offering. Not only productive, this beautifully detailed feature brings ambiance to the space and makes sustainability visible; a living artwork.
The inherent balancing that comes with a site that is both highly ambitious and tightly prescribed, requires space efficiency to be a key consideration at the centre of all design choices. This came into particular importance as the project team were challenged by achieving the desired number of hotel keys without compromising the quality of amenity.
Looking to their robust experience in hotel design, and focussing particularly on our experience designing Micro Hotels and solving these space challenges, the design achieves 183 hotel keys with room sizes ranging from 12m2 – 45m2. Everything in the room is easily accessible and customisable, with power and lighting readily available. In a compact guest room space efficiency is at its most critical, with many elements performing double-duty. Tables fold down, furniture slides in and out to provide seating when it’s required and free space when it isn’t. This adaptability of space within the compact footprint is key in providing an uncompromising guest experience: a jewel box rather than a shoebox.
The overall massing and form of the tower was inspired by the examples of Art Deco architecture present amongst the surrounding precinct. Not only does it speak to the historical language of the site and the surrounding context, but there are functional elements of this architectural style that aided the resolution of ideas key to the execution of the design intent. For example; maximising daylight. The rounding of the building corners which softened the appearance of the massing within its immediate urban context, also allowed for increased light penetration improving the perceived views and amenity from neighbouring apartments.
Continuing the Art Deco influence, the primary gridline expresses strong verticality and slenderness to the tower and podium, whilst the secondary gridline expresses the horizontal as a fine underlay driven by the datum lines of the neighbouring buildings. These two hierarchical moves are punctuated by the detail layers such as the rounding of the major building corners, so prevalent in Art Deco Architecture. Blending the existing with historical context, brick was chosen as the hero referencing the sites’ previous life as a Brick Pit allowing us to not only establish a cultural connection but to physically represent the history of the site through the expression of the tower.
Our design for 410 Pitt Street aimed to provide a truly tailored experience that collected experiences both past and present, and distilled that into one unified expressive form. Not only a work of history and culture, through the provision of a hotel, activated ground plane and internal street, F&B offerings, spa and pool, and rooftop bar, the design inserts the guest directly at the centre of this experience. An opportunity to create a destination space at the crossroads of global cultures, both past and present, informing a connected yet distinct positioning for 410 Pitt St.