Blues Point Hotel

Jun 3, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Brett Boardman
  • Designer
  • Architect Carterwilliamson Architects

The design of an outdoor terrace for the Blues Point Hotel needed to address the hotel’s requirements for an outdoor space that was beautiful and enjoyable to be in, but needed also to successfully appease a number of increasingly conservative and hostile neighbours, concerned with noise levels and privacy from activity taking place on the footpaths outside the premises at night.

The deck unifies the internal spaces of the pub by infilling the original L-shaped plan and meeting the interior spaces at floor level. By opening up the best rooms to the patrons, and inviting these spaces to share in the joy of the deck, the hotel simultaneously feels both familiar yet infinitely bigger.

The curvilinear form of the deck meanders around a 30-metre-tall Norfolk Pine, deflecting and absorbing noise, while responding to the wonderful curves in the Art Deco form of the existing hotel. The sinuous, inviting walls were designed to be lived in, embracing patrons and providing both open, exposed moments and private, secreted nooks. Windows punch slender holes in the tall walls to capture the view, blinkering patrons from the neighbours gardens.

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