The project involved alterations to an existing apartment hotel, creating a more co-ordinated street presence, new exterior and interior signage and the re-imagining of the internal circulation and stair areas (excluding the main lobby and reception).
The mish-mash of existing signage, upper metal gantry and entrance cover were removed to simplify the exterior and reveal more of the spirit of original concrete mid 1900’s building that first occupied the site. A new veranda with integrated signage was also added.
The existing long skinny corridors, that had similarities to 1950’s health institutions, have been left unchanged spatially with the same doors etc in the same positions, but the space has been altered and expanded visually with the use of plywood, mirror and painted ‘portals’. The combination of darkness and reflectivity and rhythms derived from human proportions ensure that walking along these is more of an experience than just getting from A to B.