The new Primus Hotel is a contemporary design that sought to accentuate the Art Deco forms of the original 1939 building it inhabits at 339 Pitt Street. Formerly the offices of the Sydney Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board, the adaptive reuse of the building also includes additions such as a rooftop restaurant, bar, and pool.
The design team faced the challenge of converting a six-story, empty office space into a series of luxurious interiors in order to ultimately achieve an authentic, sophisticated and engaging experience for guests. Heritage features of the site, such as authentic red marble columns, are celebrated while complementary finishes and materials have been added to create a modern feel.
The materiality of the new elements within the space reference the original stone and timber veneer paneling with the intention to reflect the historical design. Lighter tones visually connect the large space of the ground floor, while skylights will be exposed and refurbished to create a light central volume.