Melbourne Hotel, Perth, WA

Set to re-open in March, the Melbourne Hotel is a striking mid-rise boutique hotel development expanding the capacity of this significant late 19th Century Heritage ‘Gold Rush’ Hotel. 

The refurbished Perth hotel comprises 22 refurbished Heritage rooms and 51 new rooms which share a circulation space woven through and around the heritage building.

A three-level glazed conservatory space forms delineation between the original 1897 fabric and the new boutique hotel rooms. Within, the materiality expressed contrast the rustic and textural rear of the 1897 building with a contemporary internal facade.

An extended range of food and beverage facilities has been incorporated, along with an expanded function and business facility, and new Rooftop Bar.

Two scales predominate, low rise frontages to the streetscapes of Hay and Milligan Street, and new 6 level ‘bookend’ extensions to both Heritage facades. These bookends are visually separated from the adjacent heritage building with a vertical glazed setback slot, allowing views out and expressing the extent of the original 1897 building.

Given the complexities of the development, such as a heritage listed hotel, melding old with the new and a very tight construction site, The Buchan Group have been pragmatic and flexible with their design and construction methodology, always with the aim of achieving the best outcome for the client without compromising on the overall innovative design intent.

The newly refurbished boutique hotel offers patrons a unique experience in the Perth CBD, which both engages with the history of the locality and creates a new energy from the contemporary facilities and spaces.