The Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne was Australia’s first boutique hotel. It was also a hotel that was designed, owned and run by the architects – Denton Corker Marshall. With a previous use as a warehouse for the fashion industry, the architects stripped out the interior while retaining the majority of the existing building, then inserted a very personal contemporary interior in the creation of the 34 hotel rooms, restaurant, cafe and bar. It was a rigorous exploration of minimal contemporary design that Denton Corker Marshall continued to refine through future projects.
The design featured a new structure on the roof, housing a bar and reception spaces, used for many years as a private club. That structure opened onto a roof deck and a swimming pool that became known for its structure that cantilevered over the front facade of the building, complete with clear glass floor and end wall allowing people to view the swimmers in the pool, and for swimmers wearing goggles to look down to the street.
The interiors were very finely detailed with the stainless steel, mirror and glass clad bathrooms becoming inspirations for many other architects and designers.
Final note: The Adelphi is now owned and run by others and some of the interiors have been altered.
Place: Adelphi Hotel
Architect: Denton Corker Marshall (DCM)
Photographer: Stephen Varady
Review: Adelphi on DCM Website
Map: Adelphi Hotel Map
Adelphi Hotel published in ‘Denton Corker Marshall – Rule Playing And The Ratbag Element‘ by Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper, Birkhäuser, 2000.
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