Beatriz Torró Terol
Pol. Industrial Jaime I s/n. 46640 Mogente (Valencia)
+34 662 382 760
March 2014. Southern autumn begins. In Little Collins Street, within Melbourne’s historic downtown, where the most beautiful Victorian buildings in the country stand the test of time and it is easy to find the most renowned boutiques and offices of important banks and insurance companies, a new Starwood hotel opens its doors to the public. Sheraton Melbourne, a shiny new five-star hotel of curvilinear profile, towers above the so-called ‘Parisian district’, a lively, fashionable area, packed with restaurants, theatres, museums and high-end shops.
The project was developed by Hecker Guthrie, one of the most well-regarded design studios in town. Paying attention to two principles, authenticity and identity, they went for natural materials such as the soft stone floor and a simple, restrained colour palette. Elegance and modernity go hand in hand in this design paying homage to European architecture and above all, trying to make customers feel at home.
At one end of the rooftop, slightly apart and with a certain tone of intimacy, there is a space bounded by gigantic tubs planted with trees. There we find again some Nido armchairs as well as the aluminium versions of Copa and Radial collections by Studio expormim, finished in black and wearing seat pads. Inspired by classic pieces, but with a full contemporary look, these chairs match the designers’ original intention of creating a refined and modern atmosphere. Set in pairs around small round tables, they work as a romantic hook for those who wish to enjoy the terrace bar in couple.
Interior design:Hecker Guthrie Studio
Photography: Shannon McGrath