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Coppersmith Hotel in Melbourne

Contemporary Accommodation Interior Victoria design by HASSELL architects, Australia

3 Nov 2016

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Design: HASSELL architects

Coppersmith Hotel in Melbourne

Photos by James Morgan / Dianna Snape

Coppersmith Hotel Melbourne Accommodation

The brief for the Coppersmith Hotel was simple: deliver a contemporary hotel and hospitality destination while preserving an historic landmark in South Melbourne, Australia.

Coppersmith Hotel in Melbourne

The landmark was the old Cricket Club Hotel, first licensed in 1870. Reborn as the Coppersmith, it is now a boutique hotel with 15 guestrooms, a gastronomic bar and dining room and a rooftop retreat.

Coppersmith Hotel in Melbourne

The owners of Coppersmith Hotel are experienced and well respected hoteliers with an interest in the history of South Melbourne. They wanted to create “a home away from home for the busy traveller”. But they also wanted the Coppersmith to be “a neighbourhood hang-out, a place where you’re invited to become a local”.

Their vision was to create a venue that explored the theme of luxury on an intimate scale throughout.

“At the Coppersmith Hotel, we had to appeal to local people who knew and loved the historic building and travellers who demand modern amenities in a comfortable guestroom,” said Susan Standring, HASSELL Principal.

“That is the key to a successful business for the owners.”

Coppersmith Hotel in Melbourne

Preserving the building’s historic façade which sits within a Victorian-era streetscape was a key to delivering on the client’s brief for the Coppersmith Hotel. Neglected brickwork on the building exterior and an inefficient layout made this difficult.

HASSELL met the challenge with what is effectively a new building behind the historic façade. The designers added a third storey and a timber rooftop deck to the building, but set them both back behind the original decorative parapet so they cannot be seen from the street.

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“Referencing the existing building fabric, Victorian features have been reinterpreted into a modern design within the interior spaces,” said Susan.

Behind the façade, arched windows, painted existing brick walls and timber batten detailing echo the original hotel design. The use of materials such as wood, copper and leather and a restrained colour palette add to the environment.

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Through the selection of artisan furniture and fittings, the team aimed to support local Melbourne design and craftsmanship.

The result is a modern building offering the comfort and amenity expected by hotel guests and diners today, with a welcoming ambience and a strong connection to the history of South Melbourne.

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Coppersmith Hotel in Melbourne – Building Information

Client: Bagios Holdings
Discipline: Interior Design
Expertise: Hospitality
Scale: 15 guestrooms, dining room, bar and rooftop deck

Year: 2014
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Status: Completed

Photographs: James Morgan / Dianna Snape

Coppersmith Hotel in Melbourne images / information received from HASSELL

Address: 435 Clarendon St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Phone: +61 3 8696 7777


Location: 435 Clarendon St, South Melbourne, VIC 3205, Australia

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