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Primus Hotel Sydney 2018

Sunday 4 November

339 Pitt Street, Sydney

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H E Budden and Nicholas Mackey

Additional architects

2013–15 Woods Bagot – conservation and hotel adaptation


2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Continent: Australia & Oceania, Luxury Architecture Design Hotel

2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Country: Australia, Luxury Heritage Hotel

2017 Tourism Accommodation Australia Awards – Redeveloped Hotel of the Year

The opening in 2015 of the Primus Hotel on Pitt Street saw one of Sydney’s finest examples of Art Deco glamour reborn as a five-star, heritage-listed hotel.

This hidden gem in the heart of Sydney was once the headquarters of the mighty Sydney Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board. In reimagining the building, award-winning design practice Woods Bagot retained its original spatial volumes and restored many of the wondrous early features, including 8-metre-high columns clad in red scagliola rising through a soaring void, and the panelled skylight of the grand lobby.

Implicit in the adaptation was the concept of ‘looking back to look forward’. Many of the new interventions either reference the building’s history in scale or materiality, or introduce a new graphic language to respectfully distinguish new from old. The lobby columns alone are worth seeing for their lustrous scagliola – an Italian stucco finish of the late Renaissance. So is the rooftop garden bar with its 20-metre lap pool and indoor–outdoor rooms.

On Sunday 4 November

What’s open?

Lobby, vault, Mezzanine Level, Presidential Suite & Rooftop

Please note, access to the Presidential Suite is by guided tour only, departing at regular intervals from the mezzanine level.

Talks, tours & more

Tours by Jonathan Bryant (Heritage Consultant and Director of Urbis)

If heritage architecture and adaptive re-use are your passion, don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from Jonathan Bryant, who played a key role in the conservation and transformation of the historic Sydney Water offices into the luxurious Primus Hotel. Bryant is a heritage consultant and the Director at Urbis with a reputation for successfully delivering complex and sensitive heritage projects. This is a State significant building that is a frozen moment when Art Deco Architecture was evolving into pure Functionalism. This project has sensitively adapted an important interwar Sydney building that has become publicly accessible for the first time in fifty years. The completed building was awarded an Australia Institute of Architects Commendation.

20 minute tours every hour. No booking required.


Please note, access to the Presidential Suite is by guided tour only, departing at regular intervals from the mezzanine level.

The duration of each Presidential Suite tour will last approx. 15 min.

Each tour will have a capacity of 10 people.

Between 4-6 Presidential Suite tours will be conducted each hour.


to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly

  • Accessible
    Accessible access at entry and lifts to all floors.

Opening hours

10am – 4pm

Last entry



339 Pitt Street, Sydney

Entry via

Pitt Street


Primus Hotel Sydney is part of Greenland International Hotel Group (GIHG) and owned by Greenland Australia.