The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale, Sydney Accommodation Architecture, NSW Australia, Images
The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale
Accommodation Building in New South Wales – design by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
27 Oct 2016
The Old Clare Hotel
Design: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Location: Chippendale, Sydney, NSW, Australia
The Old Clare Hotel
The Old Clare Hotel has been conceived as a collection of buildings, linked to each other and woven into the city. The new hotel stitches together two inherited buildings, the Carlton United Brewery Administration Building and the County Clare Hotel. The design encloses the former laneway, creating a rich hierarchy of public and private spaces.
The Hotel contains 62 guestrooms and suites, three restaurants, ground level bar, roof-top swimming pool and bar, along with basement service space accessing all areas of the hotel.
The Hotel is clearly organised around the ‘laneway foyer’, allowing guests to simply navigate their way through a range of adapted and new spaces. Primary uses, including reception, bar and restaurant and conference functions, are accommodated in the historic County Clare Hotel at the front of the site, whilst the repetitive pattern of the Administration Building naturally lends itself to the cellular nature of hotel room organisation. Within the Administration Building a public stair winds itself around the visible lift shaft inside a void that visually connects all of the floors from the foyer to the roof top swimming pool.
The magic of the Hotel lies in its adaptive reuse, whereby the collection of inherited urban artefacts, each imbued with memories and associations, are linked by a series of new uses relevant to the Sydney of today. Walking through the Hotel is like going on an adventure through a building that seems to be as much about un-building as it is about building. The process of un-building naturally leaves its own record of saw cuts and prop holes, all of which add to the composition of the finished building. In this way, points in history and processes in past construction are captured and revealed in the fabric of the building, leading to a reinvigoration of the past and a sophisticated complexity in the fabric of the architecture.
Each room has bespoke steel and timber joinery containing the wardrobe, desk, suitcase shelf, bar fridge and general storage, which has been designed as if a miniature of the building.
Within the hotel there are a number of curated collections from furniture to flowers, creating a rich hotel atmosphere:
The mid twentieth century furniture collection has been curated by the client, Unlisted Collection’s Peng Lik Loh, over the last 10 or so years.
Rooms pendants are by PSLAB. and one-off bedside lamps by the Rag and Bone Man.
Lift shaft car head light installation is also by PSLAB.
The large scale lights that grace public are from Peng Lik Loh’s lighting collection.
The Old Clare Hotel – Building Information
Location: Chippendale, NSW Sydney
Client: Unlisted Collection
Completed: September 2015
Project value: AUD $22m
Tim Greer, John Chesterman, Jarrod Hughes, Sujata Bajracharya, Matilda Watson, Jo Bastian, Nazia Kachwalla, Belinda Pajkovic, Roger O’Sullivan
Shortlisted for Heritage, AIA National Architecture Awards.
Conde Naste Travellors “Hot List 100 – Best new Hotels” for 2016.
Redeveloped Hotel of the Year at the Tourism Accommodation Australia Awards (TAA).
Lifestyle Hotel category winner for the Hospitality Design awards.
Shortlisted; IDEA Awards, Hospitality category.
Heritage Award, AIA NSW Awards.
Shortlisted; Commercial Architecture, AIA NSW Awards.
Boutique Hotel of the Year, Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards.
Shortlisted; World Interior News, Hotel category.
Shortlisted; Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, Australia & Pacific Bar.
Architecture of the Year (Urban) Asia Hotel Design Awards.
Hospitality Design Awards; Lifestyle Finalist.
Australian Interior Design Awards; Hospitality Shortlist.
Photography: Chris Court and Richard Glover
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