The Ribbon Feat. IMAX & W Hotel is flying upwards

The Ribbon Aerial Render
The Ribbon Aerial Render - Source: HASSELL

The Ribbon tower in the Darling Harbour precinct will truly be a modern architectural marvel. This amazing building is a spectacle to look at & will truly give Sydney a unique image both within our city, across Australia & around the world.

Characteristics of The Ribbon IMAX, Darling Harbour:

Developer:Grocon & Greaton
Architect (Building):HASSELL
Building Use:Mixed-use (Hotel, Retail & Recreational)
Location:31 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000
Number of Buildings:1
Height of Buildings:90m
Number of Floors:25
Gross Floor Area:60,000sqm
Hotel Rooms:450
Serviced Apartments:140
Car Parking Spaces:172 spaces
bicycle Parking:334 spaces
Build Value in AUD ($):$700,000,000
Estimated Completion Date:Q1 2020
Official Development Website:
Construction Status:Under Construction
The Ribbon W Hotel Render
The Ribbon W Hotel Render

The Ribbon will be 90m in heifght at its highest point, making it more than double the height of the previous IMAX building which was onsite. There will be a total of 24 floors plus a ground floor.

There will be a mix of uses within the development including a hotel (which was originally proposed as office space), a brand new state of the art IMAX theatre & retail tenancies on the lower floors.

The development will also include 172 car parking spaces which will be over 4 levels within the building using an innovative car stacking system meaning more cars can fit in a smaller area footprint.

The Ribbon tower will feature the following:

  • 1,600 sqm of retail
  • 3,000 sqm new IMAX theatre
  • 450 hotel rooms
  • 146 serviced apartments
  • Signature restaurant and bar, specialty rooftop restaurant and bar adjoining an infinity swimming pool overlooking Sydney Harbour
  • Ballroom (600sqm) and four executive meetings rooms (325sqm)
  • Business Centre
  • Day spa
  • Gymnasium
  • 172 car spaces
  • 10000 sqm of renewed public domain

The project is being developed by Grocon which are one of Australia’s largest property developers, & Greaton, which are also an Australian development firm however they are new to the industry. The architects are HASSELL which are a quality Australian firm, which quite honestly could have designed the best-looking building in Australia within the last 10 years (although beauty can be subjective).

The total cost of the development will be $700 Million making it a state significant development & being a major part of the $3 Billion+ redevelopment of Darling Harbour connecting all parts of the rejuvenated Darling Harbour & then further out to the Barangaroo redevelopment along Darling Harbour’s foreshore.

It is expected that the project will be completed in December 2018 if there are no unexpected delays.

Here are the detailed elevation plans for The Ribbon Imax development:

The Ribbon Elevations Plans
The Ribbon Elevations Plans

Location Map of The Ribbon Tower in Darling Harbour

The Ribbon is currently under construction, here is a photo of the developments progress so far:

The Ribbon Construction Progress
The Ribbon Construction Progress - Source: cnd from Skyscrapercity
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Dejan is the Founder & head journalist of Build Sydney. He obtained a degree in Computer Science and has a passion for urban development. He has a goal to report on Sydney's Journey from a major international regional city into a truly global city, most notably the changes in the urban landscape, high rise buildings, infrastructure and transport.


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