Our client was looking for an innovative solution that would see the addition of eight new apartments to the rooftop of the building. Modscape was engaged to prefabricate the modular apartments off-site in our factory – minimising disruption to guests and to the everyday running of the hotel.
Working closely with Ascui & Co. Architects, the project was constructed in 16 weeks and was installed in just a day. The 20 modules were installed between 3am and midnight on a Saturday night to minimise disruption to the tram network. Fitzroy St was closed to traffic and buses replaced trams during this remarkably quick installation. The installation of the modules drew quite a crowd, attracting curious guests and passers-by.
From the hotel’s rooftop, uninterrupted views of the city skyline and bay can be observed. Organised across two levels, the apartments were designed to ensure that each one captures a slice of the incredible view.
The upper level is differentiated from the rest of the building by being wrapped in zinc shingle cladding, adding texture to the bulk of the overall form. Curved and scale-like, the cladding refracts light to produce lovely rainbow-like patterns which change when viewed from different angles.
A muted and crisp internal finishes palette is utilised throughout, with beautiful calacatta stone celebrated by an expressed steel detail and further enhanced by the 2-pac joinery to the apartment fit-outs.