Prahran Hotel in Victoria in Australia was designed by Techne Architects based in Melbourne. It covers the area of about 6,000 square feet, and the entire project included some of the best experts in their respective fields.
Prahran hotel is a two storey pub with art deco façade, but the rear side of it was something different. It was not proportioned very well and it had a single storey structure, so a complete demolition and creation of something that is more appropriate was a logical move. That something more appropriate turned out to be two storey space with a central courtyard.
The first thing that draws the eye is the use of oversized concrete pipes stacked to form the street façade. This was a great idea for several reasons. Apart from being very distinctive, their form provides visual depth, they have impressive, dramatic value, they match perfectly with existing circular elements and, finally, they are reminiscent of stacked barrels, which is great for a pub.
The courtyard is somewhat different. It cuts through the interior and connects the two sides, but it also provides the space with abundant natural light. Large steel posts support the floating booth which was made from pipes as well. Steel framework that navigates through the room serves as structure used for accessing various booths.
Rough materials, such as steel and concrete remained visible forming a strong contrast with the leather upholstery and numerous plants that are there to make the place seem warmer.
This kind of differing interior features gave the pub various options for diverse ambients within a single space. There are secluded private spaces, as well as large and open social areas. Very brave move by Techne Architects, but judging by the results, a very successful one as well.
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