Harbour Rocks Hotel

THE ROCKS, NSW

Client

TMG Developments

Collaborator

SJB Architecture

Builder

Hicon Building

Recognition

  • • 2014 World Interior News Awards (WIN), Hotel Interiors, Shortlisted
  • • 2012 Belle Coco Republic Awards, Best Hospitality Interior, Shortlisted
  • • 2012 IDEA Awards, Hospitality, Shortlisted
  • • 2012 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards UK, Australia and Pacific, Shortlisted
  • • 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards, Hospitality Design, Commendation
  • • 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards, Hospitality Design, Commendation

Built in 1887 as a wool store, this building is a State listed heritage item. It is internally linked to adjoining terrace houses and now operates as an intimate boutique Hotel. The project included a reassessment of the way the Hotel interacted with the customer and passers-by. Replanning of the ground floor resulted in improved visual presence to street with a wine bar that also operates as reception. We were also able to create two new hotel suites, an internal courtyard and a charming restaurant that opens into an historic back alley of The Rocks.

The interiors are characterised by an unveiling of the original architectural features. Brickwork and sandstone that had previously been covered have been revealed and left unfinished. The interior lighting was designed to create a candle-like glow throughout the spaces that refers to how it might have been originally seen as an historic storage building.