QT opens in Sydney

Sydney’s Gowings building and State Theatre throw off the covers to unveil the new QT hotel and dining precinct.

Sydney’s newest CBD hotel – QT – has just opened its doors on the landmark site encompassing the historic State Theatre and much-loved Gowings building, on the corner of Market and George Streets. Outwardly the two buildings remain distinct, with the Market Street level offering the public a taste of QT hospitality with restaurants, cafés and bars leading into the hotel above.

Parlour Lane Roasters opens early as a coffee and breakfast spot, later switching to aperitivo wine bar. Its heritage-tiled floors are restored and original ornate shop display cabinets reinstated to house artefacts from the site alongside covetable design objects. Upstairs is the Gowings Bar & Grill where food director Robert Marchetti and QT Sydney executive chef Paul Easson (ex Melbourne Rockpool) present a European brasserie menu with a seafood accent for the Sydney palate. Upstairs again is the Gilt Lounge for a quiet after-dinner drink or cocktail till late.

Public areas and their styling are the work of architect Nic Graham’s team, while the hotel’s 200 guest rooms were done by Shelley Indyk (Indyk Architects). In deference to the vintage of these stunning buildings, the two design teams have gone for old-world allure with an eclectic edge, incorporating both conserved artefacts and newly commissioned art. Curator of the public area artwork Amanda Love brings together Adelaide artist and maker Richard Blackwell and Sydney sculptor Morgan Shimeld, whose work will feature in the guest rooms.

A lot of restoration and interpretive design work has gone into merging these two significant buildings. Heritage consultant Jonathan Bryant from Graham Brooks and Associates worked closely with the project architects Woodhead, and interiors consultants Indyk Architects and Nic Graham + Associates. Bryant describes the resulting pastiche as “spectacular.” A lot will be written about this project in the coming months, both from the perspective of interior design and heritage restoration.

Related topics

More news

See all
888 Bourke Street, Zetland by PTW Architects. PTW designs curved mixed-use development in Sydney’s Zetland

The scale of the 180-apartment development designed by PTW Architects would be masked by a curving brick façade.

Cockatoo Island. Could Cockatoo Island become the next MONA?

A group of private philanthropists want to take control of the publicly-owned Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour and transform it into “a world class arts …

Partners Hill director Timothy Hill. Partners Hill tapped to create pavilion and masterplan for Hobart Showground

Partners Hill has been appointed to create a concept masterplan for the 12-hectare Hobart Showground, which will include a new multi-functional pavilion.

Vic gov’t launches $500k housing design competition Vic gov’t launches $500k housing design competition

The Victorian government is seeking innovative ideas for designing liveable, sustainable apartments.

Most read

Latest on site