Formerly a St Kilda icon for all the wrong reasons, The Newmarket Hotel project saw the reinvention of a sleazy pub into a vibrant yet relaxed hotel. Beyond the 1920s façade the site was almost entirely rebuilt, but a sense of its history remains due to the materials used (see the re-produced wallpaper) and its take on the social and local aspects of a traditional hotel.
The site comprises a variety of spaces from indoor to outdoor, beer garden to fine dining offering choices of communal and intimate spaces at varying degrees. Formal elements connect these spaces such as flip up windows opening up the bar to the beer garden and bold, concrete archways that form enclaves while framing views through the site.
Materially, the project delivers the resilience and longevity needed for a busy pub environment whilst creating a rich, comfortable setting for drinking and dining.
2011 AIA (Vic) Interior Architecture Award, Newmarket Hotel
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