Crown Resorts’ One Barangaroo project is the newest iconic symbol on Sydney’s developing skyline. From inception in the early 2000s, a global collective of craftspeople worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this dream a reality. To document the process, Crown Resorts commissioned Visua to produce a historic record in the form of a 250 page book that showcases Crown Sydney (One Barangaroo), the vision, the incredible architecture, complex engineering, construction, and the extensive world-class art collection that graces its walls, public spaces and surrounding landscapes.
Produced in collaboration with Crown Resorts, and a creative contributing team including Lynton Crabb Photography, The Transfer Desk, Wilkinson Eyre Architects and key artisans, Visua shortlisted and curated imagery from more than 8,000 images, collating image and story within the design of a bespoke coffee table book for each hotel room, which was also gifted to key stakeholders, apartment owners and VIPs. The design process commenced in January 2020, however it was soon met by unforeseen challenges when the country was hit by the COVID-19 global pandemic, resulting in huge disruption to the building’s construction schedule, coordination of the site’s photographic documentation, as well as the numerous artists at work.
The book ‘Crown Sydney – Art of the Impossible’ was published in late 2022. It visually represents the realisation of an ambitious vision, conceived in 2012 by James Packer, to create one of the world’s truly great luxury hotels in and for Sydney. The result, an almost impossible design by principal architect Chris Wilkinson (Vale 2021) supported by executive architects BatesSmart, a marvel of engineering by the Robert Bird Group, stunning luxury interiors by Meyer Davis, landscaping by St Legere and an art collection consisting of works by primarily local, as well as international, artists.