Crown Metropol

The design of Crown Metropol breaks free from conventional boutique hotel typologies to explore the contemporary redefinition of an urban retreat. Metropol’s architectonic character is a study in the vitality and seduction of rich urban experience via the juxtaposition and genuflexion of fluid sculpted forms and bold pragmatic statement. The form of the building creates a set of highly visceral spatial encounters which serve to build an alluring sense of tactility and ephemerality within Metropol’s contextual embrace. Metropol’s loose S-shaped form allowed the opportunity to lower the overall height of the building and create a differentiated city skyline outlook. The building sets up a unique perceptual challenge within its changeable dimensional appearance that follows from its overall organic gestural expression. The cladding strategy seeks to enhance this experience via the accentuation of the dropped shadows and pockets of reflection found within twisting polished form. Dark coloured delicately trimmed aluminium fins cluster together in a diagonal pattern across the west façade. This formation runs in contravention to the room-on-room tower background to again create a differentiated and unique outlook experience. The fins appear impossibly thin and wide, made more acute through the vivid reflection in the darkened glazed skin of the building. Emerging in and out of the shadow gaps between the glass panels in an exquisitely simple detail, the fins build a sense of surprise, dynamic shift and changing appearance when approaching the hotel from different sides, thus enhancing the overall sensuous appearance of the building. Premium north south orientation and positioning of service cores were integral to both the interior design and architecture. By precisely adjusting the architectural curves, the outlook from guest rooms are optimised to offer spectacular views of Melbourne’s city skyline and bay. The sinuous form of the building was carefully segmented to maximise the number of rooms with a minimal number of variant modules. The 28-level Metropol, features a futuristic podium entry and expansive lobby leading to 658 spacious, light-filled guestrooms. Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant and Maze Grill occupies the sculptural podium protruding outside the main tower of the Metropol hotel. Resembling a sensuous landscape, a variety of dining experiences are revealed and unfolded to the visitor. A full size infinity pool sits within a double height space at the top of the building. Its vast façade and panoramic views evoke the atmosphere of an exterior lounge deck. The recreational offer is complemented by the generous gym and luxury spa, creating a dramatic, urbane retreat. At the very top level, “28”, the hotel’s hip ‘guest only’ bar , lounge and terrace is an alluring destination. Generously proportioned meeting facilities, a dedicated business centre and a world-class training and recruitment facility complete the Metropol’s extensive programme. Visitors enter between the existing buildings and the new hotel tower buildings and into Metropol’s porte cochere arrival space. This area organises the entry experience for car and coach bound passengers into a fluid and theatrical experience. Expansive use of full height steel blades create a dramatic, textured screen through which the polished fluid forms of the podium seemingly disappear. The podium areas are planned into a series of stratified bands of program. Formed into organic linear spaces, they culminate around the main spiralling staircase linking the upper and lower levels of the foyer. A sense of movement is experienced throughout, but is most boldly expressed on Clarendon Street. Here a large pod like form made from a looping strip of curved polished aluminium creates a surprising lower level signature to the complex and a key destination marker to the river corridor gateway beyond. The unique programme of elements, work in unison within the podium and continue to the top of the building where the lap pool is overlooked by the sky bar and terrace. From this spectacular vantage point the guest experiences panoramic views over Melbourne’s skyline and beyond. The resulting hotel, showcases Melbourne from a new, contemporary angle and enables the city to be watched, experienced and ‘read’ within a new urban retreat that signals the hotel as an exciting international destination in its own right.

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