In the development of the elevations, well-established rules in classical architecture were applied to implement the simple rule of three:
- Stylobate/base to address how the building touches the ground to engage with the city streetscape
- Portico/middle comprising the main body of the composition and creating visual interest that is legible from eye level
- Entablature/roofline to crown the building and address the way in which it engages with the skyline
The building volume is lifted at the corner of Clyde Street and Maxwell Street to create a sheltered entrance that visually connects the public function of the hotel and retail/commercial units with the waterfront whilst creating public realm that gives some relief from the narrow pavements.