The Challenge

Sited virtually on the water facing east, guests have spectacular long water views to the city and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Solution

The design of the building draws on a traditional Australian architectural form with a simple grouping of gable roofs, centered on a sandstone wall that passes through the building and acts as a link and a divide between the back-of-house facilities to the west of the wall and the cafe, restaurant and function rooms on the waters’ edge to the east.


The building is designed as a multi-function space, with two division walls at third points enabling the space to be opened for up to 250 guests with outdoor decks along the eastern frontage. The walls are operable, and although the building is air-conditioned, natural ventilation is the preferred method. There is a visitor’s center operated by the Federation Trust, which occupies two levels at the southern end of the building.