This project was for the conversion of the existing Mansions Hotel building into residential apartments on the upper levels with the ground level remaining as a Pub. The building that exists today was the result of several alterations and additions to the original Victorian Italianate terraces along Bayswater Road and Moderne Art Deco Style on Kellet Street.
Built in the 1930’s, the Mansions Hotel is significant for its heritage aesthetics, as a result, the existing building form and architecture had to remain largely as it exists with the addition of two new main elements. The in-fill of the void along Kellet Street and the re-insertion of balconies along Bayswater Road.
The existing void on Kellet Street proposed to be in-filled with a new façade of glass louvres. The glass louvres framed in delicate metal elements giving the overall effect of a neutral light weight modern insertion. In turn this will reinstate the building alignment with adjacent buildings along the streetscape. As for the Bayswater Road, a number of existing windows will be increased in size and have new metal Juliette balconies. These balconies will be subtly reminiscent of the original Victorian ones that were removed during the 1930’s renovations.
The overall aesthetics of the proposal remain largely focused on the existing art deco building with the new modern additions restrained and neutral allowing the original building to remain the focus.
Project Status: In progress
Project Role: Sketch design input, iterative design of facade, documentation
Project Year: 2011