Riverland Brisbane is nearing completion and are we excited. The answer is yes! Here’s a sneak peak.
A little bit of time lapse photography goes a long way. Click here to go to our facebook page to have a squiz at Riverland Brisbane being built right before your eyes.
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Yet again Visual Builders has teamed up with the owners of Open Arms Hospitality as well as Burton & Carter Architects to work on Riverland, a new precinct perched at the rear of Emirates House on Eagle Street, Brisbane. Open Arms Hospitality have a string of existing venues, bars and hotels across Victoria and New South Wales, many of which Visual Builders have built.
This project is going to be amazing! Riverland boasts one of Brisbane’s biggest river frontages with amazing views of the Story Bridge. It will be a venue for everyone and for any occasion. It will feature rotating food vendors, five street kitchens, entertainment and a fully functioning bar. The design will encompass a timber arbour entry, converted shipping containers, an island bar with intertwining greenery and bronze detailing.
Watch this space as it unfolds.
Yes, Visual Builders are officially moving to a new office location at 29 Stubbs St, Kensington. Check it out.
Winners are grinners. Official winners of the Small Commercial Project Category for the 2016 HIA CSR Victorian Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards for the design and renovation of The Market Hotel (formerly The Star Bar) in South Melbourne.
Brett Walsh fully supported the vision Tony Lewis had inside his head for this pub and the main scope of the project was to create an atmosphere which resembled Melbourne’s outdoor night life. Over a three month period the old Star Bar was transformed into a modernised green room, encompassing the outdoor environment within the indoor atmosphere using a lot of recycled and reclaimed materials. Click here to see more on this amazing transformation. Click here to visit The Market Hotel website.
Tony Lewis (Director Visual Builders) & Milton Tolikas (Director Reeb Group) accepted the award on the night. Brett Walsh (Director Visual Builders) was unable to attend but was definitely there in spirit.
There are infinite venues throughout Melbourne that could tell countless stories revealing the secrets of the cities thriving nightlife but none quite like 172 York Street, South Melbourne.
It is unknown when the hotel was originally built but the first recorded documents of the pub’s history begin in 1869 when it was rebuilt and became known as The Albion. Over the next 20 years the venue underwent expansions and additions until 1888 when architects Powell and Whitaker erected a new three storey building at the site.
Almost 100 years later in March 1980, it was renamed the Roxy and joined the ranks as one of Melbourne’s best entertainment venues, bursting at the seams from Friday to Sunday.
1990 saw another transformation as the establishment morphed into a nightclub called The Motel. Renowned for having the largest roof deck in the city, The Motel was a nightlife institution spanning over two levels and hosting more than 4 bars, lounge areas, dance floors and VIP rooms.
In October 2015, reconstructed and renamed as The Albion once again, the hotel was gearing up for yet another unveiling of its ability to transform when tragedy struck and another chapter was written in its long and colourful history.
Two weeks out from the completion of its renovations, the venue became a victim of arson and hit the news for all the wrong reasons. With over $5.1 million worth of damage, many believed the doors of The Albion would close forever.
Jointly owned by several high profile personalities, the group saw through the ashes and devastation and instead realised the opportunity for the venue to reinvent itself yet again.
Engaging Visual Builders and ITN Architects, the owners are determined to overhaul the entire site and provide Melbourne with a spectacular new place that will cement its history at the forefront of Melbourne’s nightlife scene.
Construction is now under way and Visual Builders are working tirelessly to restore the venue whilst maintaining the structural integrity of a building that came close to demolition.
The expansive rooftop bar will be reclaimed and joined by multiple large outdoor deck areas. Casual dining, function and event spaces will emerge and the entire venue will have an increased scope to its functionality.
The façade will retain its 1880’s detailing, while the interior will maintain a high level of sophistication that has long been associated with The Albion’s reputation.
Although some secrets will remain within the walls, the transformation of The Albion will continue once more. Over the coming months we will unveil its progress and extend on the excitement as it grows for the next chapter of this South Melbourne icon.
The Albion Progressive Photos
One of our latest projects recently featured in The Standard newspaper. The conversion of the old bistro of The Royal Hotel at 43 Fairy St Warrnambool into new medical consulting rooms, has been well received. Middle Island Medical Clinic – The Standard Newspaper.
To view the complete project on our website click here.
Before & Progress Photos
Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge 2015 at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Check out the amazing little cubby that Doherty Design Studio has designed and Visual Builders has built for the Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge – to be held at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden show @mifgs1 Wednesday March 25 – Sunday March 29. Cubbies will be auctioned off & funds raised to help support Australian homeless kids.
To view and bid on cubbies go to – http://www.cubbyhousechallenge.org.au/vardo-hut/