Adelphi Hotel

Melbourne, Australia
Project 1989 – 1993

Conversion of a former rag trade building to a 34 room boutique hotel with bar / bistro, restaurant and health club facilities.

The existing structure, form and overall character of the building has been retained, with the new works being treated as inserted elements within this fabric.  The new elements – stainless steel, aluminium, translucent glass, timber veneered panels and coloured planar surfaces – reinforce and clarify the new versus the old.

On the exterior, colour is a feature element of the building.  Panels, planes, sticks and constructions in vibrant blues, greens, yellows, oranges and reds are overlaid on the natural cement grey render tones.

A unique feature is the 25 metre long glass enclosed swimming pool which extends out over the street frontage at roof-top level.


1993 RAIA National President’s Award for the Most Outstanding Work of Recycled Architecture in Australia 1993 RAIA Victorian Chapter - Winner for Outstanding Architecture - Commercial Alterations + Extensions 1993 RAIA Victorian Chapter - Winner for Outstanding Architecture - Interior Architecture