Exclusive: InterContinental Sydney shares first look at $110 million renovation

InterContinental Sydney is set to unveil the results of a $110 million renovation project in September after two years of work.

The luxury hotel, housed in Sydney’s restored 1851 Treasury building, has been contemporary redesigned by architecture studio Woods Bagot in a way that respects and celebrates its heritage status, including the enhancement original elements of the facade.

“We are delighted to finally be able to share more about what has happened behind closed doors for the past two years,” said InterContinental Sydney general manager Jennifer Brown.

“The reimagining of Sydney’s most iconic heritage hotel redefines the contemporary luxury hotel experience while paying homage to the building’s rich past and many unique stories. It’s the start of an exciting new chapter for the hotel. Together with our owners, Mulpha, we are proud to have raised this very special place.

King Room with Opera View

After three decades in business, having opened its doors in 1985, the new look of the InterContinental Sydney includes new dining and beverage experiences, innovative design features and an updated color palette.

The hotel’s internal upgrade includes all public areas and each of the 509 guest rooms and suites, with the color scheme drawing inspiration from the green and blue hues of the adjacent Botanical Gardens and Sydney Harbor visible through framed windows .

The revamp also sees the introduction of two new bars, including a new lobby bar that honors the outdoor space of the past, while remaining enclosed within the Treasury building’s original brick walls.

East Harbor View King Room

The rooftop space on level 32 will feature a signature bar with an outdoor terrace offering views over the Sydney skyline.

“An extremely meticulous design process was required to ensure that heritage buildings were honored and new adaptations were respectfully incorporated,” said Tracey Wiles, regional interior design manager for Woods Bagot.

“The redesign celebrates the beauty of the original architecture, while respectfully adapting the spaces to create a new reception, bedrooms, bars and restaurants. We celebrate the building’s storied past, elevating the luxury of the InterContinental Sydney and providing a welcoming retreat in the heart of the city.

General Manager of the InterContinental Sydney, Jennifer Brown

Australia’s water, sand, wood and sky also inspired the design, adding “transparency, texture and tonal warmth” and creating a “warm” environment for guests.

Mulpha Australia CEO Greg Shaw said the investment in InterContinental Sydney will ensure the iconic hotel continues to receive the recognition and celebration it deserves.

“With work underway at Circular Quay and the launch of the vibrant Quay Quarter, we are delighted to be part of the visionary new neighborhood that is taking hold at this end of town, providing a local and international calling card for generations to come. “Shaw said.

Throughout the restoration period, the hotel remained open to guests, but with limited access to public areas.

Nicholas E. Crittendon