This week, Crown Resorts has revealed a number of changes that will be made to the design of its new high-roller casino in Barangaroo. The local government expressed some concerns about the initial design of the venue, and Barangaroo’s Design Advisory Panel made some suggestions as to how Crown Resorts can improve.
One of the major concerns of the NSW Department of Planning was about public space. Officials were worried that the casino would take up too much public space on the waterfront, so the façade of the casino will be redesigned in order to free up more land in the area. An important element of this change will allow for more room for public space between Watermans Cove and the casino.
The Design Advisory Panel also suggested that the casino add an observation deck on the 65th floor of the Crown Barangaroo tower. This would be an additional tourist attraction, as the venue aims to draw in visitors from around the world. It would offer panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, and free guided tours will be offered. There isn’t anything quite like this in Sydney, so Crown Barangaroo will certainly be bringing something new to the area.
The finally recommendation has been a point of contention. The panel has advised Crown Resorts to leave its logo off of the building, but the casino operator is not ready to agree to this term. Seeing as Crown Resorts will be spending $2 billion on the construction of the new casino complex, it is only natural that the operator would want its logo display atop the tower. Many of the world’s most prestigious casinos have this feature, and Crown Resorts continues to push for the inclusion of its logo on the building.