Case study

Sofitel Hotel

Sofitel Hotel - Guthrie Douglas
Motorised Shading Sofitel Hotel Sydney



Building type

Museums and Leisure




TESS™100, TESS™312


Sydney, Australia

Project team

Turner Brothers

The prestigious 5 star Sofitel Darling Harbour boasts a 35 storey tower and 590 luxurious hotel rooms. Facilities include a rooftop infinity pool and the French-inspired Atelier restaurant and Champagne bar.

Developed by Lendlease, the hotel is part of the $3.4 billion, 20 hectare transformation of Darling Harbour. It was designed by Sydney architect Richard Francis-Jones, from Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT).

The bars and restaurants within the hotel have views of Darling Harbour and across the water to the skyline. As such visibility was a huge factor in specifying a shading solution for these areas of the hotel.

Guthrie Douglas designed a solution that would cover the glazing with as few systems as possible, with some systems installed to operate from the bottom up, including triangular and trapezoidal systems for the corner glazing.

Screen Nature solar control fabric by Climate Ready Fabrics was specified and installed as part of a motorised automated roller shade system. The fabrics weave structure offers excellent clean visibility view-through for occupants to be protected from heat gain and glare whilst also being able to enjoy the view of Darling Harbour and city skyline.

Specialist Screen fabrics such as this one offer all the strength and durability of a TESSTM screen fabric, with a finer woven appearance for interior design driven applications. The metallised option provides exceptional heat and glare reduction.