Crown Metropol

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Height: Architectural 98.5 m / 323 ft
Height: Occupied 87.3 m / 286 ft
Height: To Tip 98.5 m / 323 ft
Floors Above Ground 28
# of Elevators 13
Tower GFA 66,000 m² / 710,418 ft²
# of Hotel Rooms 658


Official Name Crown Metropol
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Australia
City Melbourne
Street Address & Map 8 Whiteman Street
Postal Code 3006
Building Function hotel
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2006
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2010
Official Website Crown Metropol

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Crown Resorts Limited
Design Bates Smart
Structural Engineer
Design Aurecon
MEP Engineer
Design Aurecon
Project Manager Jinton
Main Contractor Baulderstone Hornibrook

About Crown Metropol

Planned in a loose “S”-shaped form, the design of Crown Metropol breaks free from conventional boutique hotel typologies to explore the contemporary redefinition of an urban retreat. The cladding strategy seeks to enhance the sinuous “S” curve via the accentuation of the dropped shadows and pockets of reflection found within the twisting polished form via the use of dark colored, delicately trimmed aluminum fins which cluster together in a diagonal pattern across the west façade. The individually-crafted units emerge in and out of the shadow gap between the glass panels in an incredibly simple detail that builds a sense of surprise, dynamic shift and changing appearance when approaching the hotel from different sides, and leads to an overall sensuous appearance to the building.

A sense of movement is experienced throughout, but is most boldly expressed on Clarendon Street where a large pod like form made from a looping strip of curved polished aluminum creates a surprising lower level signature to the complex and a key destination marker to the river corridor gateway beyond.

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