Category: Commercial / Hospitality
Location: 50 James St. Northbridge
Status: Completed 2015
AIA (National) Commendation for Commercial Architecture 2016
AIA (WA Chapter) The Ross Chisolm and Gil Nicol Award for Commercial Architecture 2016
Arent & Pyke
Alex hotel is designed to surprise and delight from within and without, and to engage energetically with its context.
We interpreted the clients brief – to embrace the ‘independent traveller’ ethos; small guest rooms, large communal living areas, environmentally conscious and ‘of the place’, the resulting 74 room, 7 storey building is shoe-horned into its tight urban site while maximising amenity to all the habitable spaces; opening windows to all guest rooms, natural light and views in corridors, roof terrace garden, active engagement with the street at ground level. The building mediates between a low rise, heritage streetscape and the imposing scale of the Alexander library building behind.
Sited within the cultural precinct in Northbridge, walking distance to the train station, the hotel is well positioned to engage with the artistic, cultural and dining opportunities at its doorstep.
The L-shaped site has two addresses; the hotel entrance on James St. includes a small cafe, activating the street presence, the C1950 heritage façade on William St. forms the entrance to the hotel restaurant, also accessible from the laneway.
The design intention was to create a welcoming informal environment that encourages guests to spend time in the hotel inhabiting the communal areas: lobby cafe, mezzanine lounge and outdoor terraces.