Recently, Crown Resorts has been told to make some amendments to the design of its new high roller casino in Barangaroo by a local panel of design experts. It seems that the casino operator is somewhat reluctant to implement these changes, and NSW Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects, Shaun Carter has stated that it would be wise for Crown to follow the panel’s advice.
The Secretary of the NSW Department of Planning has rejected many of the changes that were suggested, and Mr Carter is not pleased with this decision. He states that the casino operator should simply walk away from the project if it is not willing to compromise on its design.
“I look at that site and would say that would have to be one of the highest-value sites in the CBD, why should we be concerned about a developer getting upset when they’re not getting their way? We could sell it to someone else,” Mr Carter says.
The design advisory panel has suggested that Crown Resorts reduce the amount of public space that the Barangaroo Casino will occupy, adding a seven-metre-wide recess to the promenade. It would also add a new observation deck that would provide views of the Sydney Opera House and Habour Bridge.
He argues that the land could quickly be snatched up by a developer or operator that is eager to adhere to the panel’s advice. The main issue is the use of public space, which is a crucial aspect of not only the venue’s design but also the overall plan of the city. So, it is important whomever is building on the land makes the best use of it in order to benefit the city.
“The look of the building is not in question and the quality of the design is not in question, but the issue here is the planning of public domain versus private interest”.