Maroubra Bay Hotel
Bates Smart won an invited competition for the redevelopment of the heritage listed Maroubra Bay Hotel on a prominent corner site. Its facade was restored to the original exposed brickwork and rendered cornices and the existing pub was retained at ground floor.
New apartments inserted into the fabric of the existing building at the upper levels maintained the original heritage character including floor to ceiling heights and room configurations where possible. Two new wings of residential apartments were added, sympathetic in scale to the hotel but clearly contrasting and contemporary in nature, creating an 'L' shaped building that follows the street alignment and encloses an internal gardenc courtyard.
Dual orientation apartments have cross ventilation, ocean views to the living rooms and north facing bedrooms with balconies overlooking the internal courtyard. Bi-folding shutters set within steel framed balconies provide privacy for residents and animate the street facades.
Above the hotel a single level of apartments is setback from the street edge, extending across the existing and new buildings and uniting the composition. This level is clad in layers of glass aluminium louvres for a contemporary interpretation of the rooftop forms of historic buildings.
In addition, the development included significant improvements to the public open space in what was previously an informal parking area.
Multiplex Developments (NSW) Pty Ltd
Invited Design Competition, Winner 2002