The Adelphi Hotels Looks Good Enough to Eat

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Oct 24, 2014
References: hachem.au & contemporist
Fady Hachem redesigned the Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, following a change of ownership in 2013.

The studio was enlisted to develop a bold new concept; one that would refresh the illustrious hotel, which has had its fair share of ups and downs. Hachem responded with the idea of a dessert-themed hotel, transforming the existing structure into a "visual and experiential feast." The hotel's tagline encourages guests to 'Engage the Senses,' which isn't hard when they're faced with a smorgasbord of sensory cues. One need not think, but relax, and melt into their delectable surroundings.

Beyond the decadence, however, the designers had to think long-term. The design was brought to life with a modest budget, meaning that every feature needed to be sustainable enough to last in the future. The original shell was preserved, and energy and water-efficient systems were implemented, along with recycling programs.