Awards: William Hodgen Building of the Year & Commendation, 2017 Australian Institute of Architects Darling Downs and West Moreton Regional Awards.
“The modern successor to a fire ravaged 1920’s hotel. This building has successfully re-interpreted the traditional outback pub vernacular through the architect’s use of well-considered and understated regional qualities. A light filled, casual atmosphere permeates through this family orientated hotel, which respects its place in the community.” Citation, Alice Hampson, Jury Chair
History and heritage blended with modernity and elegance characterised the design for the redevelopment of the Royal on 99, Roma, a prominently located hotel which had been completely destroyed by fire. The central focus of the rebuild was to instill into the community’s lifestyle. As such, it needed to cater for all ages and demographics.
Opportunity was found in creating strong connections with the street. The concept removed barriers so that the interior was highly visible and therefore encourages casual engagement. In a contextual approach the exterior drew from the surrounding architecture while a transparent façade encloses the two storied volume of the bistro prominently orientated to the intersection. Function spaces, Lounges, Sports bars gaming facilities and terrace bars were configured according to the desired level connectivity around the voided bistro, affording extended views to the streetscape.