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The historic Finger Wharf in Sidney was the perfect spot for Ovolo’s next Australian hotel.
Ovolo represents a collection of hotels that connect people with their locations, and combine their personality with the character of the immediate environment. In this case, it’s the 100-year old Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, close to Sydney’s city centre.
HASSEL studio transformed the uninviting wind tunnel into a ‘laneway’ characterized by a series of pavilions and a central avenue for services such as reception, bar, a library and a restaurant.
The aim of the project is to preserve the original structure and materials, filling the space natural light from the ceiling and the windows.
In this multifunctional central space, you can meet people, have dinner, read a book or just relax. To mimic the natural effect of an “en plain air” space, the architect filled the central corridor with plants and real trees.
According to the architects:
“We’ve drawn on our expertise in workplace and hospitality design to make Ovolo the Australian benchmark in meeting the needs of a new generation of guests who want to work flexibly across a wide range of settings within the hotel. To give people the opportunity to switch off when they need, we’ve provided ample settings for them to gather and connect with each other. The revived space is very Sydney, and very Ovolo, and a welcome new international destination for travelers.”
The rooms are truly unique, boasting generous in-room inclusions, custom lighting and locally commissioned artworks.
Photography by Nicole England