The Prahan Hotel, which is based in Melbourne, Australia, has recently added an extension that is utterly innovative and industrial. Through the use of large concrete pipes, the building has been given a geometric pattern that focuses as much on function as it does on form. The pipes are so big, they have been converted into dining booths that give a striking circular view of the street below.
Designed by Techné Architects, the Prahan Hotel is full of warmth in spite of the prevalence of cold cement. The use of wood and mood lighting helps significantly, not to mention the vibrant green vegetation scattered throughout the space. Although concrete pipes have been used before in the hospitality industry, the Prahan Hotel adds a luxurious spin to them.