The Prahran Hotel is a substantial two storey corner pub with a striking streamlined art deco facade. The rear of the venue had a poor quality single storey extension and the clients brief for the project called to demolish and replace it with a dramatic double height space with a central courtyard. The design features a sculptural facade constructed out of concrete pipes stacked one on the other;like kegs or wine barrels. These keg like booths provide a connection between the patron, the streetscape, the fresh interior and the simple contemporary courtyard.
The custom steel glazed courtyard cuts through the interior, connecting both levels and allowing ample natural light to flood the space. A floating booth made of half pipes, is supported on steel posts and accessed via a steel gantry that traverses the room. Much of the steel structure is exposed and the concrete finish of the pipes and precast form the base of the interior palette of materials, contrasting this is the warmth of recycled spotted gum and leather upholstery and the freshness of the landscape planting that is woven throughout the interior.
This complicated and custom made build was achieved with no staging space and no real precedent for building with concrete pipes in this way. The result is exciting and dynamic and forms an interesting contrast to the period interior of the existing portion of the building.
Professional Photographer Max Milne Photography