Bates Smart completes Australia's newest hotel
Distinctive, vibrant and unmistakably modern, the 28-level Crown Metropol hotel features a unique wave-like shape, sleek podium entry, 658 spacious, light-filled guestrooms, a luxurious day spa located on the top floors of the hotel, a sky bar and terrace on Level 28, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant and Maze grill, extensive meeting facilities and dedicated business centre, and a world-class training and recruitment facility.
Crown Metropol’s brief was to impart a youthful and dynamic form. The architects intended the hotel's design to challenge tradition and add a sense of occasion with unorthodox elements, dark, dramatic shapes and earthy, grounded silhouettes inspired by nature.
The sinuous ‘S’ form of Crown Metropol’s hotel tower and its activated podium creates a striking and highly memorable gateway into Melbourne. Inspired by liquid mercury, the tower’s soft lines are enhanced by a shimmering reflective skin. The thin blades or ‘fins’ on the façade appear and disappear as you move around the building, enhancing the apparent reflections and notions of daylight.
The sensual, fluid form of the building seamlessly flows through to the refined interiors of the hotel. The result is a refined, world-class hotel that showcases Melbourne from a new, contemporary angle and enables the city to be watched in silent motion.
The Bates Smart team of architects and interior designers took just 36 months to design and deliver the new hotel, drawing on their company’s unique ability to design from the inside out as well as outside in. Bates Smart managed all aspects of the design process from start to finish; from master planning and urban design through all architecture and interior design, right down to the final placement of the last accessory.
Not only does the hotel design fulfil a particular aesthetic brief, it also meets exacting standards for technical performance and function for both front and back of house.