From the architect. Garden State Hotel is a superb hotel at 95 Flinders Lane. Technē has completely rebuilt the venue while preserving its distinctive exterior, a Victorian building. The design centres on a large multi-level beer garden, an oasis in the middle of the CBD’s network of laneways. Reflecting this verdant theme, the name Garden State Hotel borrows Victoria’s century-old state title, ‘The Garden State’.
The ambitious 2000 square-metre project, with a capacity for 840 guests, preserves much of the original textile factory’s roof while opening its central bays to form a terraced beer garden that has the feel of a Victorian conservatory, a hidden botanical haven to be explored.
The project involved the creation of a street level public bar at the front of the site and a five-level structure at the rear.
The New York-inspired Garden Grill will be the venue’s main dining area and also features the Raw Bar, serving fresh seafood. The basement-level Rose Garden is an intimate cocktail bar with chandeliers. Other spaces include the Balcony Dining Room, for small group bookings, and The Observatory on the second floor, which will hold up to 120 people in a light-filled room with views onto both the garden below and the city outside.
- Architects: Techne Architecture + Interior Design
- Location: 95 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Area: 1945.0 sqm
- Project Year: 2016
- Photographis: Shannon McGrath
- Manufacturers: Interface, Lysaght, RC+D