The Garden State Hotel is the latest venture from renowned hospitality operators, Sand Hill Road, responsible for Bridge Hotel, Prahran Hotel, Terminus Hotel, and Richmond Club Hotel to name a few.
The multi-million dollar overhaul that was to come is a far cry from the foursome’s first pub which they renovated themselves for a mere $30,000 some 17 years ago. Since then, Sand Hill Road has maintained a long-standing relationship with Technē Architecture + Interior Design (Technē).
The sprawling five-level venue offers patrons a variety of spaces to discover. Enter from ground level on Flinders Lane and guests are immediately welcomed by said public bar. Next, follows the pub’s centrepiece – quite literally in the middle of the building – a glass-roofed beer garden complete with three, seven-metre tall mature trees.
“Acoustics is always an important hospitality design consideration, but with residential and commercial neighbours so close by, the sound was definitely front and centre, so we shielded the beer garden in the middle,” says Justin.
From there, the beer garden descends in giant maze-like steps towards a feminine basement bar, the ‘Rose Garden’, where the second entry off Duckboard Place awaits. Above that on newly constructed levels is a more masculine New York-style bistro, followed by a private dining room, kitchen and function space.
From demolition through to the fruition of five new floors, roof replacement and extensive joinery, Schiavello’s complex fit-out and construction expertise ensured considerable site and access constraints were successfully managed.
Visit Garden State Hotel and one can see why Technē describes the venue as an evolution of past projects with Sand Hill Road.
Duration: 12 months
Project Type: Construction
Project Manager: SEMZ
Architect/Designer: Techne Architecture + Interior Design
Engineer: Robert Bird Group (Structural), WSP (Services)
Completed: July 2016