You’ve seen it. That building. Perth’s freshly reimagined Metro Hotel. You know it’s beautiful and clever inside – but who came up with such a concept?
Today we share with you the in’s and out’s that helped reinvent this iconic hotel.
The Metro Hotel was a much-loved meeting place and watering hole in need of an update.
A favourite spot for FIFO workers, the end result for the client was to keep the hotel appealing to their current clientele plus attract new patrons from surrounding areas.
It was all about emulating South Perth foreshore’s sun-bleached, outdoorsy lifestyle – but inside. Staff needed to easily navigate between the hotel reception, restaurant maitre de counter and the bar, while the atmosphere for guests had to be relaxed and free-flowing.
To achieve this, the SPH design team loosely used the principles of Activity-Based Working methodologies which essentially means providing people with a choice of settings for a variety of activities.
In a successful partnership with one of WA’s leading fitout construction team, CDI Group, an eclectic palette of textures, organic patterns, botanical motifs, warm timbers, lush greenery, pops of tertiary colours and neutral tones were incorporated into the space to transform the aesthetics. Then the lighting design was set in motion.
The general lighting was designed to disappear into the architecture of the space with the focus on the surfaces they illuminate. This includes ceiling-mounted spotlights trained to wash upon wall and ceiling surfaces and spacial dividers with backlit shrubbery.
Feature light fittings accentuate the space with pops of colour. Eye-catching moments are seen via the golden hues of the Baresque Metallic Lightblock bar, inclusive of concealed pelmet lighting that creates the allusion of a frosty beer on tap! The feature pendant lights along the space’s central spine are a real talking point.
A challenging 50 year-old!
With the ultimate goal being to maximise visual impact with minimal expenditure, the 50 year-old hotel did come with challenges.
Low ceiling heights, a lack of windows and solid monolithic structural elements made the space feel subterranean and claustrophobic. The careful selection of materials and lighting placement had a transformative effect.
To allow more budget for a services overhaul, our SPH interior designers chose materials with long-term durability and minimal maintenance regimes. Oriental strand board, Valchromat solid colour MDF, compact laminate and acrylic solid surface products from Corian and Baresque were all used.
Adding to the structural trials, the hotel remained operational during the refurbishment.
Enviro friendly measures
The project’s aim to appeal to the local demographic’s real concern for the environment was a pivotal driver in our design philosophy.
The ecological appeal of the Metro Hotel is strong, thanks to the use of sustainable materials and the consideration of recyclability at the end of a long-lasting life.
A toast to success
The canopy, lobby, reception, bar, restaurant, kitchen and function rooms are now all bright brand new, and ready to faithfully serve the Perth community for many more years to come.
If you would like to hear more about this and other SPH architecture + interiors projects, we’re proudly local, based in Perth and would love to speak to you.