Bates Smart’s design for the Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide brings the glamour of travel to a grand historic building. Housed within the 1930s Colonial Mutual Life building, the interior design response infuses 1930s charm and architectural order into the now contemporary 170 room hotel.
The building’s heritage is subtly acknowledged, with chevron patterning from the external facade referenced in the interior joinery detailing, and the metalwork patterning of the original windows reflected in the steel balustrades and glazed partitions to the atrium. The new triple-height glazed atrium and its handsome black steel ribbon stair creates drama in the hotel lobby.
A luxurious executive lounge with the ambience of an exclusive club has been created within the top-floor's exposed timber roof structure. Rich golden tones are layered throughout and contrast with the cool shades of handmade glazed and cement patterned tiles and the white marble of the central bar.
The adjacent roof terrace provides the perfect setting for early-evening cocktails whilst watching the sunset over Adelaide.
Quirky light fittings and details provide an element of surprise, humour and personality. Bespoke solid brass door pulls and mirror-hooks in the forms of animals and birds, hand-crafted by artist Susie Stanford, add to this sense of playfulness.
One of the significant challenges for the team was to produce a series of stand-alone furnishing components that could be arranged within the many room types that are a product of this renovation whilst achieving the appearance of a bespoke design.
Bates Smart Interior Design with JPE Design Studio as Architects. This project will set a new benchmark for boutique accommodation in the City of Churches.
Bates Smart’s design for the Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide proudly reinstates the glamour of travel to a grand historic building.
Housed within the 1930’s Colonial Mutual Life building, Bates Smart felt that the structure’s heritage should be respected and acknowledged. The interior design concept was to infuse 1930’s charm and to reinstate architectural order into the new, contemporary 170 room hotel.
Chevron patterning from the external façade has been referenced in the interior joinery detailing, and metalwork from the original windows has been reflected throughout the steel balustrades and glazed partitions to the new triple-height atrium space.
Bates Smart worked with local architect JPE Design Studio to create a handsome ribbon stair of black steel which spirals through the atrium void.
At the top of the building, Bates Smart have created an extraordinary and luxurious executive lounge with exposed timber roof structure and ambience of a sophisticated club lounge.
Rich golden tones are layered throughout from the timber flooring; shimmering bronze mesh screens, leather upholstery and textiles are contrasted with the cool tones of handmade glazed and cement patterned tiles, rough-textured walls and the white marble of the central bar.
Elegant full height dark timber panelling is contrasted against fresh bright stone flooring and counter tops and crisp polished plaster columns and white ceilings.
Quirky light fittings and joinery handles add an element of surprise, humour and personality. One-off pieces in the forms of animals and birds handcrafted by artist Susie Stanford add to this sense of playfulness and humour through bespoke solid brass door pulls and mirror-hooks suspending the leather-bound circular mirrors above the marble vanities in the public amenities.