Fender Katsalidis pulls off “Babushka building” in Canberra hotel

A deceptively simple exterior hides the four buildings that make up the newly opened Midnight Hotel in the nation’s capital. Designed with Russian nesting dolls in mind, the boutique accommodation and residential development looks like one building from the exterior. It was a difficult brief for Fender Katsalidis, with the practice working to create a […]

Powell & Glenn creates a modern language in the heritage surrounds of East Melbourne

“Contained yet connected, a sense of refuge without sacrificing outlook, sky or streetscape” is how Melbourne studio Powell & Glenn describes its George + Powlett project. The 12 apartments in the inner city suburb of Melbourne were designed for property developer ICON Developments, which is also behind Botanicca 8 in Richmond and Harper Lane in […]

Woods Bagot embraces its whimsical side for Brisbane boutique hotel

Woods Bagot chose exaggerated and playful as the inspiration behind its $55 million restoration of the former Emporium Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The hotel, reopened in 2018 and renamed Ovolo The Valley, took just 8 months from design to delivery with budget limitations forcing the design team to stick to readily accessible materiality and […]

Andrew Simpson Architects and Simone Haag bring the essence of a Tuscan villa to Fitzroy

A loose reference to Renaissance Italian architect Leon Battista Alberti’s Of the Country House for a Gentlemen served as a guide for this heritage terrace house, which has been overhauled by Andrew Simpson Architects with Simone Haag. Hatherlie, as the property is known, is located in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy and was built […]

Blackmilk takes us on a visual journey in a Melbourne seafood restaurant

From ceiling to floor, Melbourne interiors studio Blackmilk weaves the story of the mythical adventures of this city restaurant’s namesake, Pony Boy. Diners follow along as Pony Boy and friends venture to both land and sea, captured in the ceramic tiles that wrap almost entirely around the space. Their journey ends at a mythical restaurant […]

Chinese courtyard house inspires Melbourne bubble tea salon

Millennial pink and a wash of LED lights evoke a sense of joy inside this Melbourne Gotcha Bubble Tea salon, designed by EFC Group’s in-house design studio. Perched on the second floor of Melbourne Central, the store is only the latest from a brand that is taking the local bubble tea scene by storm. It’s […]

Aesop’s Melbourne store explores the “in between” energy of its airport location

The latest Melbourne offering from Aesop was inspired by the contradictions of air travel, while looking to Milan’s metro station for materials. Designed by the Australian skincare brand’s in-house department, the interiors are intentionally industrial and long lasting. The lowered ceiling entrance is clad in brushed stainless steel to match the floor and walls. Acting […]

Technē channels calm and bright in this Victorian renovation

Melbourne’s Technē Architecture and Interior Design sought to deliver a contemporary renovation while remaining sympathetic to the era of this large Victorian home in Carlton. The property – home to a couple with two young children – had recently undergone a pre-sale renovation, but the clunky and heavy-handed job had not addressed the existing problems […]

HASSELL’s Geelong Arts Centre marries the historic with the contemporary

HASSELL has overhauled and modernised the newly opened Geelong Arts Centre, cladding the dance studio element in channel glazing and revealing a once-hidden heritage church.  Led by Principal Mark Loughnan, HASSELL transformed the venue by updating the exterior and interior spaces without the facility closing. “The building had to keep operating,” Loughnan tells ADR. “It was a really complex undertaking. […]

GOLDEN’S Nine Yards restaurant is designed to feel quintessentially Australian

A colour palette drawn from native flora and terrain helps channel Australiana nostalgia inside this South Melbourne restaurant, designed by Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm from the Melbourne studio GOLDEN.  The young duo designed Nine Yards to subtly evoke “images of the bush and the sea”. The bones of the restaurant are heritage – it’s a former stable […]

Peaches Cocktail Bar brings our candy-coloured childhood fantasies to life

Perched above the three-storey American barbeque restaurant Cheek in Swanston Street, Melbourne’s Peaches Cocktail Bar is like something out of a child’s mood board, if that child lived for Miami Vice and oversized philodendron.  The colour palette is simple and obvious – it’s peach (like the name) – but what could have been tacky and predictable in less capable hands is beautifully executed by […]