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Captain Melville

Type
Hospitality
Completion
2012

Location
Melbourne, VIC

Builder
Ficus Constructions

Photographer
Andrew Wuttke

Captain Melville is the re-invention of a dark inner city nightclub into a restaurant and bar, inspired by the ghosts of the hotels first patrons. Amid a colony in a state of dichotomy, 1853 saw the construction of Mac’s Hotel — one of Victoria’s first licensed hotels. Settlers flooded to our shores chasing land, gold and new beginnings, while convicts railed against their injustice and the class system that created it.

In the spirit of this historic, rebel narrative, the fit-out is conceptually based on the scene of mass occupation of Australia in the 1850s, by immigrants chasing gold in the Australian Gold Rush. Melbourne had then grown almost over night from a tiny village into a gridded tent city. The repetition of these simple peaked forms, erected from materials on hand in the settlement and laid over the landscape, became the conceptual framework for the design and material palette.

Welling up from beneath the colony came the influence of the rebel spirit, manifested here in the tale of Captain Melville, the ‘Gentleman’ Bushranger. Rousing a new layer of chaos and asymmetry this renegade sentiment permeates through the venue’s new identity, branding and raw materiality.

We are proud to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land upon which Captain Melville stands. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

Awards
VIC Architecture Awards
2013
Interior Architecture (Commendation)
IDEA Awards
2013
Hospitality
Eat Drink Design Awards
2013
Best Bar Finalist
International Restaurant & Bar Design
2013
Australia & Pacific Restaurant
Intergrain Timber Vision Award
2013
Commercial Interior

Captain Melville

Captain Melville is the re-invention of a dark inner city nightclub into a restaurant and bar, inspired by the ghosts of the hotels first patrons. Amid a colony in a state of dichotomy, 1853 saw the construction of Mac’s Hotel — one of Victoria’s first licensed hotels. Settlers flooded to our shores chasing land, gold and new beginnings, while convicts railed against their injustice and the class system that created it.

In the spirit of this historic, rebel narrative, the fit-out is conceptually based on the scene of mass occupation of Australia in the 1850s, by immigrants chasing gold in the Australian Gold Rush. Melbourne had then grown almost over night from a tiny village into a gridded tent city. The repetition of these simple peaked forms, erected from materials on hand in the settlement and laid over the landscape, became the conceptual framework for the design and material palette.

Welling up from beneath the colony came the influence of the rebel spirit, manifested here in the tale of Captain Melville, the ‘Gentleman’ Bushranger. Rousing a new layer of chaos and asymmetry this renegade sentiment permeates through the venue’s new identity, branding and raw materiality.

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Type
Hospitality
Completion
2012

Location
Melbourne, VIC

Builder
Ficus Constructions

Photographer
Andrew Wuttke

We are proud to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land upon which Captain Melville stands. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

Awards
Intergrain Timber Vision Award
2013
Commercial Interior
International Restaurant & Bar Design
2013
Australia & Pacific Restaurant
Eat Drink Design Awards
2013
Best Bar Finalist
IDEA Awards
2013
Hospitality
VIC Architecture Awards
2013
Interior Architecture (Commendation)