The Old Clare Hotel – A New Experience In Creative Collaboration’s
The Old Clare Hotel will capture your imagination for high-end heritage refurbishments, exceptional creative collaborations and attention to every detail.
The expansive design alliance at every level of this four-year process is unequaled in most projects developed in Australia. The design team lead by Con Athanassiou and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects were driven by their obsession with the finest of detailing, retaining the most intricate of features, while enhancing each space and taking you on a textured journey of artisan design throughout.
Merging the charisma and charm of two iconic heritage-listed buildings, The Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Building, The Old Clare Hotel is a one-off example of aesthetic experience and design with 62 rooms, two bars, three restaurants, rooftop pool and bar plus Day Spa.
Below are the key creatives behind the Old Clare Hotel. The alliances and attention to all aspects are astonishing.
CON ATHANASSIOU – EXTERN
Con managed the overall design and construction of The Old Clare Hotel and regarded it as one of the most satisfying projects of his career. “This project was particularly unique – from its challenging engineering nuances, to preserving beautiful elements of the heritage listed buildings, many of which only appeared after layers of existing construction were peeled away.”
TONKIN ZULAIKHA GREER ARCHITECTS
Designing the two heritage buildings required a certain level of ingenuity that was found in John Chesterman and Jarrod Hughes of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. “It’s unpredictable, with a bit of magic and a twist of fantasy. When you walk around the hotel, you will get a sense that the building is dressing and undressing itself all at once. The building plays games with what a hotel should be, some parts are exquisite, and other parts are raw. In short a building of mixed emotions. The Old Clare Hotel will appeal to anybody with a sense of adventure, who likes comfort and fabulous food.”
Boris Tosic commercial fit-out and architectural joinery work are found throughout The Clare from the bar, the reception desk and in-room fit-outs. The entire hotel suite joinery was forged by hand from solid timber, laminate, steel, fabric, veneer and floor lining. The bar and reception counter were sculptural in their proportions and exacting in their production.
MATT MACHINE & GP2 PROJECTS
Matt Darwon, aka Matt Machine, designed the interiors of both Automata and Silvereye restaurants. Collaborating and finishing his design vision was GP2 Projects.
.PSLAB was commissioned to produce a wide-range of custom-designed and manufactured pendant lights in each of our guest rooms and the corridors. Basing these pieces on the industrial characteristics of the black steel used throughout. .PSLAB was able to create an individual lighting solution that reflects the distinct style of the place.
RAPP was commissioned to produce signature prints and textiles throughout the hotel, along with limited edition laundry bags and tote bags Eloise Rapp introduces a dash of colour from prints to furnishings that breath a subtle warmth within the rooms and spaces.
THE RAG AND BONE MAN
Memorable one-off industrial lighting, furniture and accessories have been overhauled using original vintage machinery, iconic engine parts and modern scraps by master craftsman The Rage and Bone Man into contemporary styles. Located in London these bespoke pieces will affect your experience throughout the hotel, bars and restaurants. Look out for their old aircraft radial engine chandelier in Automata, Silvereye’s wall lamps and desk lamps in each guest room. The attention to detail is in each desk lamp featuring an individual tag with the serial number and completion date. Ahhh fine craftsmanship is alive and working!
TRIUMPH & DISASTER
The Triumph & Disaster range of designer grooming products are found in every room and specially formulated for respite and to refresh.
Elise Pioch of Maison Balzac collaborated with the Old Clare to create a signature hotel scent that’s warm and welcoming inviting guests to imagine the past and present.
Creative Consultants Studio Round went researching to uncover the characters and stories lost from the Clare pub, the neighbourhood and local history. This was designed to see the world through the various eyes of yesteryear and the old girl herself. This research helped refine the unique style of restaurant Automata.
Couture fashion designer Nina Field has designed The Old Clare Hotel’s uniforms. Sourcing inspiration from the clothing worn by brewery workmen in the Tooth and Carlton United Breweries. The Old Clare Hotel is a rich experience in history, architecture and bespoke design and food. Set amongst a thriving cultural mecca of Chippendale.
Other Creative Collaborators include:
Chris Court Photography – Diverse elements seen on the website
RICHARD GLOVER – Architecture
STEPHEN PIERCE – SPP – Historical Photography
JASON LOUCAS – Food
CORINNE FELGATE – Sculpture Ode Blower telephone
BELLE & AMBROSE FLOWERS – Flowers
The Old Clare Hotel
1 Kensington St
Chippendale, NSW, 2008
T. +61 2 8277 8277