The Royce Hotel 379 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC

role Architecture, Interior Design & Planning value $20 million area 6,000m² completed date February 2000  

The former Kellow-Falkiner Car Showrooms, constructed in 1928, presented a unique opportunity for restoration and redevelopment as a premium hotel. The walls of the original showroom were finished to imitate Italian marble and the ceiling was decorated with a gold paint and multi-coloured plaster cornices. Giant wrought iron chandeliers illuminated the new cars, which formed the showpiece of Melbourne's most prestigious car dealer.

The new hotel utilises the existing ornate style of the building and its location on Melbourne's premier boulevard, St. Kilda Road, to its fullest extent. The new hotel includes a restaurant, The Dish; lounge bar, The Amber Room and multi-function areas serving local businesses and hotel residents. Redevelopment of the site included the construction of new accommodation providing 71 rooms, including a number of larger suites fronting St. Kilda Road and Bromby Street.

The main entrance, at the intersection of St. Kilda Road and Bromby Streets leads into the hotel lobby which restores the original showroom space by removing a mezzanine floor slab and exposing and restoring the original ceiling. A new staircase, replicating the design of the original stairs, leads to the first floor function room and hotel suites.