Sky Bar Melbourne Oakwood Premier Hotel, Southbank Victoria, Australian Contemporary Architecture Photos

Sky Bar Melbourne in Southbank Victoria

25 Aug 2022

Architecture: CHT Architects

Location: Level 40, Oakwood Premier Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sky Bar Melbourne Southbank Victoria

Photos by Tom Blachford

Sky Bar Melbourne, Victoria

Sky Bar Melbourne crowns the Oakwood Premier Hotel at level 40, with unparalleled views across the Melbourne city skyline and out to Port Phillip Bay. The statement Sky Bar and terrace are complemented by two further bars in a VIP area and in the adjoining fine dining Strato restaurant.

Sky Bar Melbourne Victoria

What was the brief?
Our brief for the Sky Bar design was to create an ‘elevated experience’. Its unique location 140 metres high in the sky provides a spectacular backdrop, harnessed by the design and enveloping the visitor.

Sky Bar Melbourne Southbank Victoria

Upon arrival, the visitor is immersed in a 360 degree live digital, playing live images of the external environment, evoking a sense of flying. Moving through to the Sky Bar, there is a playful juxtaposition between the interior and exterior – with opulent furnishings and soft lighting complementing the main attraction: the view.

Sky Bar Melbourne Victoria

A central back-lit bar crafted from solid glass blocks provides an atmospheric main feature and soft light source. Darker tones and sophisticated styling combine with a carefully designed lighting strategy in order to minimise glass reflections and remove the visual boundaries between the user and the view, further enhancing the feeling of being amongst the clouds.

Sky Bar Melbourne Victoria

Describe the way the space or identity responds to the hospitality or retail offering?
The Sky Bar space is a connected elemental sensory experience beginning from the Hotel ground level entry flowing through to the 40th level. The Hotel entry is grounding with linkages to place via Yarra River-inspired integrated driveway waterfall and a 3D vertical lobby sculpture before entry to the lobby lift.

Sky Bar Melbourne Victoria

Guests are greeted at lift exit with surrounding aerial view projections evoking a feeling of infinity. The lift corridor ceiling is deliberately low and the bar partially obstructs the view to enable just a glimpse of the sky views.

Sky Bar Melbourne Southbank Victoria

Guests are then enticed to advance into the bar for the full, grand 360-degree unobstructed view. They can then relax in the luxurious low-line, tactile furniture and fully experience the sense provoking surrounds with the further ability to immerse into the sky via the New York style open-air terrace. All culminating in a luxurious, unique connection to Melbourne experience.

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How is the project unique?
The unique location provided the ultimate inspiration to connect to place via an ethereal elemental oasis floating in the sky. Innovative in its immersion to the surrounds, the Sky Bar required meticulous design curation not to detract from the sky location. This done through; window lines being clear of any built objects to ensure a full 360-degree view and darker interior spaces with the bars being the main light source to create atmosphere and avoid glazing reflection. Even to the point of bathroom visits providing exceptional unobstructed vistas.

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Sky Bar Melbourne in Southbank, Victoria – Building Information

Project size: 810 sqm
Site size: 1520 sqm
Completion date: 2022

Architects: CHT Architects –
Interior Architecture and Design: Sora Interiors
Builder: Hamilton Marino
Joinery: A Line Joinery
Furniture: Brand Works

Sky Bar Melbourne Southbank Victoria

Photography: Tom Blachford

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Location: Oakwood Premier Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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