Highlights of a new plan revealed by Steelman Partners and Echo Entertainment include two international hotels with more than 500 new rooms, a 6-star luxury hotel and a 5-star premium hotel - bringing the total number of rooms at The Star in Sydney to 1,150. In addition, more than 50 world-class restaurants and bars, including over 20 brand new experiences are included, as well as extensive convention and meeting spaces and a full range of resort facilities.
The Star is an existing 3-tower building with a large podium. This major expansion adds two additional towers and an additional podium above the existing structure. Steelman Partners designed the expansion keeping the following points in mind: get the building to relate to Darling Harbor and surrounding parks; design the building with many unique resort pools and water features ensure that it relates to the harborfront and its waterfront location; and Integrated Resorts are energy/people-driven and create active uses taking advantage of the tremendous views.
There are many unique functions about this resort, but the one that stands out is its place in the urban context. This resort is the first casino to become an Integrated Connected Resort, connecting many public buildings with the Star Resort to become a single connected attraction. The connection link is temporarily named the ‘Bowline’.
Steelman Partners’ drawings suggest a unique harborfront series of parks. These parks will be designed through a partnership with the Sydney Museum of Modern Art. All design will be commissioned by competitions with local architects, landscape architects and other design professionals. Instead of trying to convert the Star into an ‘iconic’ building the architects have proposed that an ‘iconic’ park be created to attract locals and tourists. Steelman Partners hope that this park will become a signature part of the Darling Harbor District and become a tourist attraction similar to Millennium Park in Chicago or the Highline in New York. The Star has offered to contribute AUS $135m dollars towards this effort.
Casinos, as most people know, are not energy friendly structures. The new towers will be designed to be energy efficient within LEED standards. Steelman Partners will consider Photovoltaic Panels and Piezoelectricity Matts. They have suggested that the ‘Bowline’ sculptures are designed to demonstrate the power of the wind through sound, motion and energy. Steelman Partners believes that with the harborside location to feature ‘wind’ in a fun way would create a series of dramatic and enjoyable events.