For the Newmarket Hotel in Melbourne, Six Degrees has created a functional, inviting venue, complete with highly considered spatial planning and details cherry picked from history
Six Degrees have taken an historical pub, maintained the old red brick facade and married it with contemporary cool.
The brief given to Six degrees was for a pub that understood St Kilda’s history and needs whilst also relating to locals and visitors in a relaxed way. The hotel keeps alive the ‘social’ and ‘local’ aspect of the way hotels have been traditionally used. The old building fabric has been retained to provide an understanding of past histories and has also been linked to the new.
Indoor and outdoor spaces meld seamlessly, creating an environment suitable for all seasons. Upon entry you are greeted by a light infused bar and dining room with a very airy outdoor beer garden complete with cosy corner banquettes and planters for shade. The indoor dining areas are intimate and are set within grand arches where diners are seated on seventies ‘tub’ chairs.
In this venue, ideas of the old St Kilda and the old Newmarket Hotel, are reconstituted into the new.
The signature Six Degrees palette of finishes and textures add textural intrigue with a mix of red, brown, black and yellow recycled brick, marble, tin pressed ceilings and iconic retro style chairs. The dramatic concrete arches down the eastern wall of the venue are enlivened by the vivid blue ceiling and clever use of skylights.
The back of the restaurant features a unique ‘Chefs Table’, which seats up to sixteen guests underneath a suspended chandelier of hanging chillies, garlic and artichokes, and has been produced from slabs of timber re-cycled from the Princess pier.
“We’ve expressed the underlying history of the old public bar, a male only domain, by blowing out the old façade openings and offering a new open and inclusive environment,” explained Mark Healy, design architect.
“The hotel keeps alive the ‘social’ and ‘local’ aspect of the way hotels have been traditionally used. The old building fabric has been retained to provide an understanding of past histories and has also been linked to the new. This aspect is most visually evident in the use of the existing wallpaper design, recontextualised in this new environment.”
The project consists of a collection of four main spaces stitched together to form a unified building.
Solar orientation and the requirement to keep the original building on Inkerman Street are main influences on the site. The new building form expresses the spatial requirements in a modern hotel. The programme tries to create different environments offering choices of communal and intimate spaces at varying degrees, formal and informal spaces for drinking and dining.