Date: 2015 - 2017
Client: QIC & Silverneedle
Size: 4,700 sqm hotel (120 rooms), 1,300 sqm co-working spaces & restaurant
Credits: ACME Team (Lizy Huyghe, Brett Lambie, Friedrich Ludewig, Eleni Meladaki, Jan Saggau)
Local team: Probuild Constructions Pty Ltd, Turner & Townsend Thinc
Facade Consultant: Inhabit Group
Interior Consultant: Design BY QU
Eastland is located in the affluent eastern suburb of Ringwood in Melbourne, Australia. As part of a long-term extension plan for Eastland, it was decided to provide additional capacity within the foundations and columns so as to enable the construction of an additional building in the future.
Following the successful Eastland Town Centre opening in 2015, it became possible to pursue a hotel as a fitting addition to the urban fabric of Ringwood – the site has amazing views of the surrounding hills and is close to the railway station.
The structure of the building was constrained by the existing layout of columns and beams that we had allowed for in the previous construction phase, and the brief called for a simple volume with minimum maintenance. The resultant six storey, 120-room hotel is a simple parallelogram in plan, floating above the existing department store and parking below.
The volume is dressed in a glass curtain wall, fritted to give the impression of a pleated curtain falling gently over six floors. The white ceramic glass fritting limits the solar gain of the façade and opens views from the rooms internally while providing external privacy. The façade envelops the volume of the hotel, with a drapé effect created through the use of two different fabric pattern templates that create an abstract sense of movement. At night, filtered light emanates from the rooms, turning the entire glass box into a glowing lantern.