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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Prahran Hotel in Windsor, Australia by Techne Architects

 
April 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Techne Architects

The Prahran Hotel is a substantial two storey corner pub with a striking streamlined art deco facade. The rear of the venue had a poorly proportioned, internalised single storey extension and the clients brief for the project called to demolish and replace it with a dramatic double height space with a central courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

  • Architects: Techne Architects
  • Project: Prahran Hotel
  • Location: 82 High Street, Windsor VIC 3181
  • Photography: Peter Clarke Photography
  • Project completion date: May 2013
  • Project type: Hospitality (Pub)
  • Project address: 82 High Street, Windsor VIC 3181
  • Owner’s/Client name: Sand Hill Road
  • Project Team: Justin Northrop (Project/Design Director), Steve McKeag (Project Architect), Alex Lake (Architect), Melita Kei (Draftsperson), Francois Claassens (Draftsperson), Bianca Baldi (Interior Designer)
  • Project Size: 550m²
  • Project Cost: Undisclosed
  • Builder: Visual Builders
  • Structural Engineer: Parkhill Freeman

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

The use of large stacked concrete pipes for the street facade of the addition struck a chord for multiple reasons: they have a depth and can be interactive, they have a dramatic, sculptural quality, they reference existing internal circular motifs and they suggest stacked kegs or barrels.

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

A steel glazed courtyard cuts through the interior, connecting both levels and allowing ample natural light to flood the space. A floating booth made of half pipes is supported on steel posts and accessed via a steel gantry that traverses the room. Much of the steel structure is exposed and the concrete finish of the pipes and precast form the base of the interior palette of materials, contrasting this is the warmth of recycled spotted gum and leather upholstery and the freshness of the planting that is woven throughout the interior.

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

Whilst the space has the appeal of some spatial drama, the design’s success will be measured by the quality of the ambience and intimacy of the interior. Much effort was made to ensure that patrons have a variety of ways of gathering: private spaces contrast more social areas, there are places for couples and larger groups, and the circulation loops through both levels which encourages a voyeuristic procession through the old and new areas of the pub.

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

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