Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

Once a rag trade building, this hotel now consists of 34 rooms, a bar, restaurant, health club facility plus a 25m long swimming pool which extends out of the rooftop onto the street frontage.

The architects used many different materials and colours including stainless steel, aluminium, translucent glass, timber veneered panels and coloured planar surfaces. Colour is a feature element of the building. Panels, planes, sticks and constructions in vibrant blues, greens, yellows, oranges and reds are overlaid on the natural cement grey render tones. The existing structure is very much present in the design, with the new works being treated as inserted elements within this fabric. The building expresses a core theme of new vs old.

Images: John Gollings

Architects: Denton Corker Marshall
Date: 1989 - 1993
Client: Adelphi Pty Ltd