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Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson, co-founder of Wilkinson Eyre and the architect behind the Crown Sydney, talks about creating buildings that welcome.

BY Tess Ritchie

May 28th, 2015

Chris Wilkinson, co-founder of Wilkinson Eyre, is leading the team behind one of the most controversial architecture projects currently being built in Australia. When it’s completed in 2018 (ahead of a 2019 opening), the Crown Sydney at Barangaroo will be Australia’s first six-star casino and hotel resort, and at 275-metres tall is set to become the country’s tallest building.

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It seemingly has very little to do with the recently opened Maggie’s Centre in Oxford, a small drop-in centre with a domestic intimacy that offers support to anyone affected by cancer.

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Yet, these two projects – disparate in everything from location, brief and use to scale and materiality – are both designed by Wilkinson Eyre and offer a shared vision of how to create hospitable, welcoming architecture.

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“Maggie’s Centre and the Crown Sydney are at two ends of the spectrum in terms of scale and use,” says Wilkinson Eyre co-founder Chris Wilkinson. “But, it’s the same architectural approach, one which starts with a careful study and understanding of the brief and context.”

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Read the full article, including Wilkinson’s approach to both projects, in the Hospitality issue of Indesign magazine, out on June 7, 2015.

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