The Hermitage – The Prahran Hotel, Melbourne
The re-launch of this Melbourne Pub could not have fit better with this weeks concrete theme!
The front section of the pub retains its historic charm with the original facade, but the new 3 storey extension of the back section is certainly attention grabbing! Techne Architects have used 1/2 concrete water pipes to construct the wall, which also doubles as the windows and seating area for the new area of the pub. Inside, the concrete pipes are clad with slats of spotted gum and fitted with leather booth seats, the combination of these elements helps to create a warm, inviting environment which concrete cannot achieve on its own. The bathrooms are the opposite, a minimalist dream of concrete, white subway tiles and great use of lighting.
Concrete is visible throughout the interior from the feature wall to the pendant lights, but is softened by the inclusion of lush plants which create an urban jungle. Salvaged pipes have been used to create the main bar which helps adds colour, texture and interest, a nice additional element to this industrial style extension. So, is it beer ‘o’ clock yet?