Located in the business district of Ballarat, this hotel is conceived for a hotelier client with significant portfolio of hotels and service apartments in regional centres. R Architecture’s proposal for this hotel is tailored to suit the business and short term visitor guest groups and local visitors for leisure & entertainment.
The site occupies intersection of two major streets with third side being a laneway dotted with retail and food outlets. This location gives significant exposure to the building and offers prime opportunity for high quality architecture and urban design outcome.
The proposed built form is composed of a 3 storey tall podium to house the lobby, restaurants, conference rooms, work lounge and speciality shops. While most of the facilities have access from the main lobby, shops have street access to attract a more diverse buyer group. Rising over the podium is a sleek 7 storey building with 112 accommodation suites.
The built form curves around the street intersection with a large fenestration to open out the restaurant void. The public realm is activated by the positioning of main lobby, restaurants and shops along the street frontages. Ground-level built form steps in along the main street frontage to create concierge and meet n’ greet area. The materiality is composed of patterned metal and glass to present a visually ‘light’ form that is inviting and engaging.
Built-form above podium has a distinctly different design language. A pleated form with staggered windows and white concrete creates interesting architecture that is recognisable and forms a strong reference point within the urbanscape of the Ballarat business district.