Lobby, Primus Hotel Sydney

Lobby, Primus Hotel Sydney Supplied by Primus Hotel Sydney

Primus Hotel Sydney

Sunday 3 November 2019

339 Pitt Street, Sydney

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H E Budden and Nicholas Mackey

Additional architects

Woods Bagot (2013–15, conservation and hotel adaptation)

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.


2019 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards | Top 25 Hotels in Australia

2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards | Luxury Heritage Hotel, Continent: Australia & Oceania

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

2017 Tourism Accommodation Australia Awards | Employee Excellence in Service

  • Entrance, Primus Hotel Sydney
  • Level Seven Rooftop Pool Bar, Primus Hotel Sydney
  • Exterior photograph of Primus Hotel Sydney housed in the former Sydney Water Board Building.

On Sunday 3 November

What’s open?

Lobby, vault, Mezzanine Level & Rooftop.


Talks, tours & more

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly

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

Opening hours


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.