The Age – Boutique Hotel Fits With South Yarra Surrounds
The Domain precinct in South Yarra, bordering the Royal Botanic Gardens, has a number of significant buildings.
There’s architect Robin Boyd’s Domain Park apartments on the corner of Park Street and Domain Road.
At the other end of Park Street (abutting Toorak Road), is St Anne’s, a modernist pile designed by a lesser known, but equally respected architect, Esmond Dorney, who later made his mark in Hobart.
So when Carr was commissioned to design a new boutique-style hotel for developer United Places, it was conscious of not impeding on some of Melbourne’s most important landmarks, including the Shrine of Remembrance and the gardens directly opposite.
“Our brief was to create a sense of home, appealing to those staying either a short or medium term, or longer, something that felt cosy,” says architect Chris McCue, director of architecture at Carr