InterContinental Sydney has confirmed a September 2022 debut for its extensive rooms and suites upgrade – part of a two-year, $110 million renovation.
Thoughtfully respecting and celebrating the heritage-listed building and its deep-rooted stories, local architecture studio Woods Bagot has redesigned the iconic hotel with the sophisticated and worldly guest in mind.
External restoration work will enhance elements of the façade, whilst the internal upgrade incorporates all 509 guest rooms and suites, plus public areas, which will include the introduction of two new vibrant bar experiences.
“We are thrilled to finally share more on what’s been happening behind closed doors these past two years,” said Jennifer Brown, General Manager of InterContinental Sydney.
“The reimagination of Sydney’s most iconic heritage hotel redefines the contemporary luxury hotel experience whilst paying homage to the building’s rich past and its many unique stories. This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the hotel.
“Together with our owners, Mulpha, we are proud to have elevated this very special place,” Brown remarked.
Greg Shaw, CEO Mulpha Australia said; “Our investment in InterContinental Sydney will ensure this iconic hotel continues to receive the recognition and celebration it deserves.
“Together with the works underway at Circular Quay and the launch of the dynamic Quay Quarter precinct, we’re excited to be part of the visionary new neighbourhood establishing itself at this end of the city, providing a local and international drawcard for generations to come.”
InterContinental Sydney’s new design is a contemporary interpretation of the building’s historical significance and evolution, as well as its prestigious location on the doorstep of Sydney Royal Botanic Garden and Circular Quay. The building’s existing materiality is being maintained whilst innovative touches, new fine food and beverage experiences and an updated colour palette will breathe new life into the classical architecture.
Of the new design, Tracey Wiles, Woods Bagot’s Regional Interior Design Leader said; “An extremely meticulous design process was required to ensure the heritage buildings have been honoured and the new adaptions respectfully integrated. The redesign celebrates the beauty of the original architecture, whilst respectfully adapting areas to create a new reception, rooms, bars and restaurants.
“We celebrate the building’s historic past, elevating the luxury of InterContinental Sydney and providing a welcoming retreat in the heart of the city,” Wiles added.
The hotel’s guest rooms are inspired by the property’s surrounding landscape. Drawing green and blue hues from the adjacent gardens and harbour through picture-frame windows, the redesign creates a connection and uninterrupted flow from indoor to outdoor. The quintessential Australian elements of water, sand, wood and sky, have also been incorporated, adding transparency, texture and tonal warmth and creating a homely and relaxing environment for guests to retreat.
At the heart of the hotel, a new lobby bar will become a revered central location for visitors delivering an immersive experience that engenders memories of the outdoor space of the past, whilst still enclosed in the original brick walls of the Treasury Building. Here, guests will be presented a bold Australian palette and creative beverage concepts taking them from day to night.
InterContinental Sydney’s coveted rooftop space on Level 32 will also transform as part of the extensive renovation. A signature bar with a reimagined outdoor terrace will welcome uninterrupted spectacular views across Sydney’s skyline and arguably the best view in Sydney; available for the first time to Sydney locals and public guests.
The hotel has remained open to guests throughout the renovation with limited access to public spaces whilst undergoing its redesign.