The philosophy of Ivy was to create one of the most vibrant and youthful meeting places in the world. A world within a world, it is a 'house' in the big city where everyone is welcome and guests' needs are anticipated. With an intimacy typically encapsulated by a private residence, Ivy is a place for reprieve from the demanding city tempo, as well as a vibrant and stimulating work or meeting venue: a celebration of life.
"I think the Ivy is a reflection of my attitude towards life. We go to work and we sleep, and the rest of the time it's about us, about the individual and having a good time" says Justin Hemmes. "I wanted it to be my ideal house, in the heart of the city, with lots of outdoor spaces... [somewhere that is] comfortable and feels like you're at home".
A landscaped oasis containing over 20,000 sq m of hotel and hospitality venues, Ivy is a seamless ensemble of 18 bars, nine restaurants, one of Sydney's largest ballrooms, a sunken garden atrium, two penthouse suites and a rooftop pool - designed across two adjoining sites in mid-town Sydney.
The interior design principles stem from a careful understanding of the interrelationship between architecture, landscape and interiors. Despite residing within a commercial domain, the encapsulation of the client's love for 1950s modernist residencies is retained throughout the Ivy through its qualities of conventional domesticity and the reinterpretation of this style into a harmonious sequence of indoor/outdoor rooms. This holistic approach to design (to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out), has produced a hospitality offering layered with rich, unexpected touches.