One of the things we love at Robert Plumb is working on hospitality projects.
Whether we’re transforming an historic inner city pub into an indoor-outdoor dining venue, or establishing a secluded garden in the nook of a contemporary CBD office tower, our goal is to create spaces that are beautiful, durable and functional.
The Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney, completed in late 2015, is a favourite project. The historic sandstone building at the heart of this busy pub was once a schoolhouse. It’s been a pub for decades and over the years the venue has undergone major renovations.
Our job was to transform The Greenwood’s exterior space, in particular the northern and southern courtyards. The brief was to create outdoor dining spaces that could double as casual entertainment areas in the evening.
To achieve this goal we utilised a variety of bar tables, timber picnic tables, stools and chairs. The northern courtyard features distinctive ceramic tiles in a graphic palette of off-white, grey and black and is delineated from the other spaces with potted plants, mid-century umbrellas and built-in furniture upholstered in bold black, grey and white striped fabric.
Another favourite hospitality project is Bannisters Pavilion in Mollymook, a new build which expands the hotel offering of the Bannisters group in the South Coast seaside town.
William Dangar’s landscape design cleverly blends tropical and exotic plants into a backdrop of native bush. Cabbage Tree palms placed along the façade reduce the vertical scale of the building, while the lush under-planting combines screening hedges (Camellia and Viburnum) with native grasses and shrubs.
The main floor, or roof level, required low maintenance, low water plants. Will chose hardy vines and aloes, which flower in winter, with planters custom built for the project. Aloes are a favourite plant for Will. “The aloes are a very useful landscape plant,” he says. “I love the varieties you can get, with different flower colours and leaf textures and forms.”
One of our most recently completed projects is Dexus, a co-working space in Sydney’s CBD, on the 15th floor of the Governor Macquarie Tower. The brief was to create a versatile outdoor terrace that could be used by Dexus clients to relax between meetings or for third-party corporate events and private cocktail parties.
The exposed site needed fittings that would not absorb and retain excessive heat, and furniture and plants that were weather resistant and durable.
A long, L-shaped Robert Plumb timber couch lines one side of the terrace, with low planters along another. We’re particularly pleased with the four stone-topped servery bars on wheels designed and built especially for the space. Our timber furniture contrasts with the Tait metal bar tables, high stools and low-slung bench stools to create the perfect space.