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287 – 289 Crown Street forms the book end to a row of residential terraces and units. In the immediate surroundings of the building there is an eclectic mixture of architectural gems and ruins.

The brief was to transform a budget motel into a high quality boutique motel & wine bar that will service the needs of city dwellers and international guests for years to come. To finance this conversion the owners required a capitalisation of their property which included an increase to the FSR and the height. The building is refined and structured complimenting the pattern of terraces along Reservoir Street, with a signature roof representing the eclectic, artistic & creative community. The design of this roof feature enabled us to add more usable space while creating a distinctly recognisable building that contributes to the Crown Street precinct.

The new concrete, steel, glass and bronze building with a luxurious & seductive interior will create a unique experience where ‘Art Deco is re-imagined and texture is brought to life.’


Design Type:  Boutique Hotel
Size: 1,500m2
Location:  Surry Hills, Sydney
Scope:  Full Architectural & Interior Design and Documentation
Value: AUD $10 Million


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