The brief was to design an innovative new hotel environment to capture the imagination and needs of the international business and leisure traveller while encouraging guests out of their rooms.

Rydges wanted a design reflective of airline travel whilst creating an ambience of warmth and a taste of Sydney.


Inspired by the sensuous curved forms of modern jet aircraft, WMK has created a dramatic interior environment which captures the contemporary lifestyle of the international traveller while exuding a warm, eclectic atmosphere of neutral tones and subtle textures which induce a sense of comfort and welcome. 

The entry foyer is voluminous, with full-height glazing looking out to the Sydney sky. This space creates a sense of calm and orientation for the jaded traveller and is spacious enough to deal with peak flows and large numbers of passengers from delayed flights.

A sculptural feature stair provides a dramatic physical and visual link between entry foyer and the upper levels of dining and conferencing spaces. 

The restaurants and bar facilities are rich in texture and variety producing a comforting oasis from the clutter and activity of airport travel.

The rooms incorporate a unique small footprint perfect for short stays and feature an innovative open plan bathroom design which enhances the sense of spaciousness. Materials and finishes are warm and friendly with a contemporary twist and carefully selected photography and artwork reflects a local Sydney flavour. 


Rydges Sydney Airport sets a new benchmark for airport hotels, delivering a contemporary lifestyle experience to guests from all over the world.

The rooms are compact yet deliver amenity and a sense of space. Public spaces are grand in scale, sinuous and textured – providing respite from the stress of airport travel.

With occupancy rates already greater than anticipated, Rydges Sydney Airport has proven an instant success and a much needed addition to the Sydney International Airport precinct.

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