Two new Melbourne hotels flaunt their design credentials

Another of Melbourne's expansive list of hotel and serviced apartment developments has reached completion.

Located at the western end of the expanded Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre precinct, the $150 million Novotel Melbourne South Wharf is now open for business. The distinct golden-clad tower is 26 storeys high and accommodates 347 guestrooms and suites.

Its design is a collaborative effort with Woods Bagot and NH Architecture accounting for the overall form, whilst Woods Bagot and Fender Katsalidis divided interior design duties.

Novotel Melbourne South Wharf upon completion. Image: Redden

Delivered by Probuild, multinational hotel group AccorHotels which operates the Novotel brand was quick to point out the hotel's new features at handover. Hotel General Manager Glen Erickson said "Novotel Melbourne South Wharf is redefining the four-star hotel experience by providing an exceptional level of amenity, along with the most stringent customer service standards.

Our location also brings together unrivalled access to modern conferencing and events facilities, with the energy and atmosphere of a dynamic, city-fringe precinct rich in history."

Novotel Melbourne South Wharf's bar scene. Image: Woods Bagot

The completion of Novotel Melbourne South Wharf diminishes by one the number of active hotel or serviced apartment developments currently being tracked by Urban Melbourne. Of the 38 still in development, another has flouted its design credentials.

Developer Capital Alliance has released new imagery of the first Marriott to be built in Australia in 20 years.

In conjunction with DKO Architecture, Capital Alliance intend for Marriott Docklands to be a showcase of contemporary hotel design. Reflective of current trends, the development is a step away from a previous generation of hotel design in that many features considered to be the norm have been superseded.

The Marriott's intended poolside bar. Image: Capital Alliance

The development team is positioning the new Marriott as "showcasing a design that boldly illustrates the evolution of the traditional five-star hotel for a new generation of traveller who lives, works and plays much differently." Carpet, branding and desks are on the outer with timber flooring, beds sitting atop frames and exposed joinery included.

In many ways, the new Marriott Docklands interior design mirrors the latest in luxury apartments trends, and employs a higher degree of communal spaces. The 200 rooms are supplemented by a 28-metre rooftop infinity pool and adjoining bar, a ground-level bar, restaurant and cafe, all of which are open to hotel guests, residents and the public.

Marriott International senior director development for the Australia-Pacific region Richard Crawford reinforces the design path taken by the development team. "We’ve reinvented the hotel room as we’ve found that hotel guests don’t use desks in hotel rooms, preferring to lounge on beds or sofas or work in well-designed communal spaces with a relaxed atmosphere.

Our guests do have a strong appreciation of great design and want to stay in high-end hotels that are luxurious while also reflecting the unique character of their location."

Part of a wider mixed-use development, Marriott Docklands is expected to begin construction this year with an eye toward a late 2020 completion date.

Rendered aspect of Marriott docklands' entrance. Image: Capital Alliance

1 comment

redden's picture

Thanks, Mark. A typo has crept in i.e. should be "flaunted its design credentials".

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