The brief for the Coppersmith Hotel was simple, create a contemporary hotel and dining destination without destroying the historic charm of the landmark building in South Melbourne.
Housed in the old Cricket Club Hotel, the landmark pub was first licensed in 1870. Fast forward almost 150 years and the hotel is now a boutique establishment with 15 guest rooms, a gastronomic bar and dining room and a rooftop retreat.
Arched windows, original brick walls and timber battens speak of the original aesthetic, while modern updates using natural products like wood, copper, leather and our Segre drapery at the window add luxury without detracting from the heritage atmosphere.
The bedrooms are a particularly good example of this with dark wood furniture, modern light fittings and linen-look drapes to soften the original exposed brick walls and sash windows.
Throughout, the selection of artisan furniture and fittings reflects the design teams desire to support local design and craftsmanship.
The result is a modern hotel and dining venue that offers present-day amenities while maintaining a strong connection to the history of South Melbourne.
Photos / Diana Snape / www.dianasnape.com.au
Architects / HASSELL / www.hassellstudio.com.au