Westin Hotel, Darwin
Waterfront, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
The vision for the Westin Darwin is the creation of an iconic tropical hotel that embodies the rich natural and cultural heritage of the location.
Situated on the waterfront, the hotel makes an important connection between the city and the water, enhancing the precinct and acting as a gateway to the natural wonders of the Northern Territory.
The design began with a study of the geographic story of the site, the historic context and the requirements of the climate. The building’s curved form references the layered histories of the waterfront.
The lower levels are inspired by the nearby rock formations and capture the spirit of the local landscape through the use of natural stone, complemented with lush landscaping and water features. Areas for rest and reflection are aided by verandas and breeze ways which respond to the tropical environment, but also reference the heritage buildings within Darwin. The upper levels of the hotel are inspired by tree canopies. Dark metal and timber screens create dappled patterns of light, but also provide valuable shading for the humid temperature.
Whether arriving by sea or land, varied outlooks and impressive views allows guests to experience and behold the dramatic skies and shifting weather patterns of Darwin. Importantly, the design incorporates a seawall which is designed to protect the hotel from significant weather events and cyclonic wave activity, but that at the same time provides a generous pedestrian path and access to the waterfront for the local community.
By providing a connection to place the hotel allows guests to partake in an atmosphere of tropical luxury. Situated within a garden setting, the restaurant and bar provides patrons with an authentic Northern Territory dining experience. In addition, an iconic rooftop garden provides additional restaurant facilities and can be accessed via a skywalk from Goyder Park. A memorable infinity pool with an unforgettable outlook over the waterfront is also situated on the roof of the hotel. In addition, a diverse range of function and conference facilities provides the people of Darwin with new spaces for events.