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QT Sydney Heritage

Posted on: 27 August 2012

The transformation of Sydney’s CBD continues as two of the city’s most historic landmark buildings, Gowings and The State Theatre morph into a bold new design hotel – QT Sydney.

Spanning both building on Market Street, the innovative QT Sydney is the latest makeover for the heart of the city. Playing host to a hip designer hotel, café, bar, restaurant and spa, QT Sydney enhances the major revitalisation of the neighbouring Pitt Street mall.

Both the State Theatre and Gowings Building originally opened their doors to the public back in 1929 and QT Sydney represents the first major redevelopment of the buildings in the six years since the iconic department store was shuttered.

Sensitive to the historical significance of the sites, QT Sydney embarked on a painstaking 17 month restoration project in an effort to retain the distinct heritage of each building, whilst creating a bold and contemporary leisure precinct.

The gothic features of the Palazzo-style Gowings Building, originally designed by renowned architect Crawford H Mackellar, have been thoughtfully returned to their former glory.

The arrival of QT Sydney see the return of the Gargoyles removed before the war and now once again grace the livery of the former 11-storey shopping precinct of the State Theatre. The building’s extraordinary architecture mixes cinema baroque with elements of gothic, Italian and art deco design will be open to residents and visitors for the first time in decades.

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The culmination of some hefty restoration work, the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney’s CBD have been artfully revamped to see the introduction of Sydney’s newest hip designer hotel, QT Sydney.

An eagerly awaited development, with the gothic façades and features of the buildings carefully returned to their former glory, whilst inside the hotel possess cutting edge art and design featuring LED digital art, bespoke furniture and a strong use of bold colours makes clever interior design central to the hotel experience. And you can’t beat the location – it couldn’t be more in the heart of the city of it tried. The bowler hat lights are a favourite cheeky touch, but there’s a huge focus on art and design here. QT isn’t just about a place to lay your head.

QT Sydney is scheduled to open in September this year and is the only Sydney hotel to be a member of the exclusive Design Hotels.

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