Originally built in 1888, the Portarlington Grand Hotel has a rich and established history. We looked to provide a contemporary nature to our design without the hotel losing its traditional feel and sense of being in a heritage place.
The Traditional Custodians of this land
Gross Floor Area
“The client’s ambition was to preserve and restore the heritage value of the building wherever we could.”
– Nick Travers, Director
We carefully selected wall finishes, render, paint colours, cast iron lacework and timbers to restore existing heritage facades and internal structures to reflect their grandeur.
The focus was on the smaller details to ensure an honest reflection of the building’s history. Aged timbers, bright colours, and large clear glazing tied in perfectly with the sunny beachside location. This also created stunning views out to the bay and incorporated the aged timbers of the beach and pier.
As this project was so deeply connected to the local area, we saw it as imperative to involve local craftsmen throughout it’s creation. These textured walls, hand painted by Scanlan & Makers, stand harmoniously amongst historical ornaments, fireplaces, and dramatic archways. Tones of blue, green and brown immerse guests in the narrative of the location, speaking to Portarlington’s maritime history.
Heritage restored with elegance
Rustic hand troweled walls by Scanlan & Makers give texture and an antique vibe.
Restored fireplaces in 'Deep Brunswick Green' by Dulux, speaks to the surrounding seaside town hues.
Victoria Arch Bed by Zuster, designed in collaboration with Techne. American Oak timber finish with Plait Weave 'Nutmeg' upholstery.
Custom carpet by Brintons Carpets in 'Field' pattern.
KIS Classic Style lamp from Rakumba in custom 'Electro Medium Bronze' finish.
Custom furniture collaboratively designed with Zuster furniture is dotted throughout the elegant 18 hotel rooms.
The collection, inspired by the Victorian Era, balances contemporary expressions of luxury with a taste of that early 20th century grandeur.