Striking boutique hotel features geometric glazed Façade and large steel architectural awning

West Hotel is Australia's first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel. This new boutique hotel features a unique steel atrium canopy and a striking geometric Façade. The building's location - with an existing office building on the north side, and a heritage pub on the south - brings inherent complexities for the engineering team. Additional challenges arose due to the building's extensive use of Dincel walls.

The constraints of location included foundation issues, and structural element positions due to easement, as well as installation limitations. Complications arose when existing services were found to differ from those on the survey - a situation that produced challenges for the design of the stormwater connection. The plant room involved clashes of mechanical penetrations and architectural requirements - where these could not be resolved, TTW engineers have adapted the structure to accommodate the constraints. The steelwork of the atrium canopy is particularly complicated, with connections being governed more by site limitations than strength.

The project was delivered with an extremely tight timeframe, demanding significant expertise and responsiveness to ensure the building showcases high-quality aesthetics with structural integrity and functionality.

Client: GL Investments

Builder: Multiplex

Completion: 2017

Sector: Hotels & Resorts

Services: Structural, Civil