Brisbane-based firm Richards & Spence are the name behind an exciting new chapter in their city, bringing new life and look to the James Street precinct in the Fortitude Valley.
Characterised by the concrete and geometric, their latest and perhaps the most highly anticipated development of the precinct is The Calile Hotel. Taking the lead from hot urban spots in the world, the 175-room architectural hotel draws on the tropical Queensland climate as the foundation for this Australian first.
Living outdoors for most of the year is a quintessential part of a Queenslander’s lifestyle. So Richards and Spence set out to sow Brisbane’s warm and tropical weather into every aspect of how The Calile Hotel is experienced. At the centre of the resort, the elevated, centrally located pool and deck area lets you soak up the rays on a sun lounge, sit under a cabana or dine outdoors. The rooms aren’t isolated from this easy, breezy (and completely luxurious) outdoor living, with a mix of pool-side and terrace-style balconies and two private rooftop terraces. As Richards and Spence co-director Adrian Spence puts it, “The naturally ventilated rooms allow guests to share our unique outdoor lifestyle again reinforcing a sense of place that is uniquely Brisbane.”
Behind the 270,000 Brickworks bricks is an interior that resembles a whimsy and playful ethos. Open-air spaces and breezeways link to well-appointed suits, of sisal matting, marble finishes, cork floors and concrete details. Here in these pastel, milky-coloured rooms you will find all the trimmings; custom linen robes, Grown Alchemist bath amenities, locally sourced mini bar and motorised blackout blinds. With comfort and climate key, the dedicated living area offers a primo day bed and dining area.