Hougoumont Hotel – Boutique Style Hotel in Fremantle
The Hougoumont Hotel
Patrick Prendiville – Owner and Project Instigator.
Here at design-estate we’re delighted to finally see a new designer hotel in Fremantle, which offers a boutique experience. The Hougoumont draws influence from a rich history of the area. It connects original with modern materials and the Bespoke furniture gives this hotel an attention to design detail rarely seen in WA hotels.
Describe the essence of the project in 3 words?
Boutique, hotel experience.
What are your favourite features of the project?
The wonderful juxtaposition of the 112 year old heritage front with the totally new hotel rooms behind that benefit from the latest in off-site construction and global interconnectivity. This juxtaposition is echoed or reinforced through the use of material and architectural detail.
More industrial finishes like exposed face brick and polished cement render sit alongside luxurious finishes like polished marble, curved glass dividing walls, and polished timber finishes.
When possible we have tried to expose the most interesting parts of the original building. Original timber windows sit behind new steel framed windows, original brickwork complete with load bearing arches are left exposed in the entry lobby contrasting with new marble tiled floors, and ceilings added in the seventies have been removed leaving intricate and original timber floor structure exposed with modern servicing requirements set into suspended perforated metal ceiling panels.
Name the 5 elements that make this space memorable?
- Nautical theme throughout. The name of the hotel sets the theme for the whole hotel. The Hougoumont is the name of the last ship to arrive in Fremantle carrying convicts. This theme pervades the whole hotel from the nautical themed room interiors referencing luxury cabins through to the external facade treatment that references the shipping containers stacked in local Fremantle Port.
- Interesting materials – externally – painted face heritage brickwork, precast concrete facade elements, steel window frames, profiled steel cladding painted to resemble shipping containers. Internally – polished cement render (dado), original exposed face brickwork, black stained existing timber floorboards, polished walnut timber veneers, polished marble tiles, expressed timber cladding (merbau), custom signature embossed carpets.
- Bespoke furniture sources from original designers. One of the key items that makes the hotel experience and interiors so wonderful is the use throughout of bespoke furniture sourced from a range of designers and fabricators. The first pieces that visitors experience are the two reception desks designed by young Japanese designer Yoshio Takagi and made with local cabinetmakers. The furniture pieces and rugs found in the lounge and business centre that really set the tone for the whole hotel are sourced from Sam at S&M Mobilia. Built in cabinets including business centre cantilevered desk and walnut and aged zinc food and beverage cabinet are all designed by Matthew Crawford Architects. MCA also made final materials selections for all the rooms and developed elements like the cantilever beds to allow clever suitcase storage in the Superior Cabin rooms.
- Graphic Language and Signage – to help set the scene the talented crew at Jam Jar developed the graphic language and artwork for the hotel. The abstracted ‘H’ logo that resembles an abstract barcode crossed with a visual illusion appears throughout and is even sewn into the carpets. Also they had the brilliant idea to incorporate the names and crimes of the convicts that came on the Hougoumont in a large art installation on the wall of the Lounge.
- Sustainability – while not immediately obvious the technical performance criteria built into the modular rooms is what really makes the guests stay so comfortable. Really good environmental performance is built into every module. The structural steel frame is low in embodied energy and heavy insulation provides very high levels of thermal comfort and acoustic separation between rooms. Also every room has opening windows to enable natural ventilation. This is supplemented by fresh air trickle vents over every window that automatically operate when the room is not occupied to ensure the air room is alway fresh.
The Hougoumont Hotel – 15 Bannister Road, Fremantle
t.+61 8 6160 6800 e. firstname.lastname@example.org
All Photographs – Joel-Barbitta, D-Max