West Hotel, facade by Fitzpatrick + Partners. Photo © Paul Gosney

West Hotel 2018

Focus Tour - Saturday 3 November





Fitzpatrick + Partners

Additional architects

Woods Bagot, interiors

As chic as a Chanel handbag – the quilted black variety – West Hotel on Sussex Street opened in January 2018, with a faceted facade of smoked black glass, designed for looking out, not for looking in.

This is the first new boutique hotel in Sydney’s CBD since the QT opened in 2012, and is a refreshing counterpoint to Sydney’s typically harbour-focused hotels. Architects Fitzpatrick + Partners and interior designers Woods Bagot embraced the compact site and setting to create something jewel-like and precious – a luxuriously intimate retreat on the busy doorstep of Barangaroo.

Interiors reference the gem-cut glass facade, with rich velvety hues and timbers in the bedrooms and polished material choices throughout, including bespoke loomed carpets, hand-cut marble and patterned native timber flooring, all reflecting the hotel’s unique character and botanical thematics.

Through the centre of the hotel, an eight-storey ‘jungle atrium’ brings light and ‘lungs’ down to the ground floor lobby, where decoration is deliberately minimal, offering mirrored walls and stupendous floral displays. Adjoined by Solander Dining and Bar, this quiet, reflective space is a welcome invitation to exhale.

Tour experience

Join a walk-through of the West Hotel with its architects Fitzpatrick + Partners and interior designers Woods Bagot. These leading designers will share insights and the creative inspiration behind key elements and spaces, including the atrium jungle, the botanical-inspired Solander Dining and Bar, bespoke room furnishings and the craftsmanship behind the stunning gem-cut facade, composed of 333 individual glass panels.


Experienced in both interior design and architecture, Lauren Tudor's specialist knowledge and expertise in technical design development were critical in an integrated approach to deliver West Hotel’s carefully proportioned spaces and modern classic design theme.

James Fitzpatrick is the principal and head of design at Fitzpatrick + Partners. With a logical, geometrically defined and environmentally aware approach he produces understandable buildings with a respect for locale, materiality, proportion and colour – buildings of delight.

Key information

Session duration

45 mins


This tour has a capacity of 10 people per session.

Visitor requirements

Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour start time. Punctuality is important as once the tour has begun it cannot be joined.

Storage is limited; please bring only essential items with you.

to know

  • Photography restricted
    Photography is allowed in public spaces

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly

  • Accessible