New Meeting and Event Space, Restaurant and Bar to be Completed by January 2015
October 09, 2014 – MELBOURNE, Australia – Hilton Melbourne South Wharf today announced the initiation of a ground floor. By January 2015, the refurbished space will have been reimagined into a new combined restaurant and bar and five flexible meeting and event spaces in a $4 million works programme.
“After five years in the market we know what our guests want. We believe that the new spaces will give us a competitive edge in the market and complement the premium product we offer through South Wharf Meetings & Events, in partnership with Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. We are confident that we will build on the successes Hilton Melbourne South Wharf has enjoyed so far,” said Brett Christ, general manager of Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.
Architecture firm Noel Robinson Architects (NRA) was engaged to undertake the redesign. The brief was to repurpose and re-invigorate the spaces, and provide a sensitive response to the building’s envelope. Their response was to retain the existing built form with the creation of a series of themed, linked objects in the space.
NRA’s project architect David Palmer commented, “the new meeting and function space, bar and restaurant were inspired by the hotel’s dramatic interior which informed the palette of materials, colours, spaces and forms. Our design was to creatively re-invigorate the space by introducing new interior envelopes, respecting the original aesthetic and provide hotel visitors and guests the opportunity to experience and interact with the new culturally enlightened environment.”
The result will be a series of completely flexible spaces for dining, drinking, meetings and events. The new 150-seat restaurant and bar will bring together the elements of water and earth to create a distinctive menu and atmosphere that speaks to its riverside surrounds, and will make guests feel relaxed and at home. The new meeting and events spaces will reinvent the best of the existing indoor/outdoor spaces and create flexible rooms full of bespoke touches and intimate moments.
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