Rose Bay Hotel, a 1929-Sydney-side centre point for its bayside-nestled community has had its family-owned sensibility retained in its recent reinterpretation to connect its interiors and identity to suit the changing times.

The transformation of Sydney’s historic 90-year-old Rose Bay Hotel has been designed by Richards Stanisich and constructed by Fugen; requiring a complete overhaul that has respected the spirit of the original establishment.

Richard Stanisich says that the historical narrative is felt through the use of Deco-era finishes throughout – terrazzo, solid timber and ceramic tiles – with the addition of removable rattan ceiling panels that has absorbed noise and also provides easy access to concealed services.

The heritage fa├žade has been left unchanged, but the interior’s space including its redesigned kitchen, has undergone extensive work including its largening, a new private dining and public bar area featuring large coffered ceilings, timber flooring and spotted gum timber panelling throughout.

“A main feature of the renovation [has been] the Paul Kelly ceiling design in the gaming room which includes coffered sections with acoustically engineered boards and high-end finishes which has concealed mechanical air supply. One of the most complex gaming room ceiling designs that Fugen [has] encountered,” according to Fugen.

To ensure the intricate ceiling’s reality, Fugen has completed a redesign of the mechanical systems relocating all systems to behind the bar.

A brighter and more airy befitting of the harbourside location with a complete ground floor pub refurbishment now offers three distinct spaces; the main bar and lounge, the sports bar and the 70-seat restaurant.

Additional toilets and a double-sided bar allows “patrons [to] enjoy new seating areas along enlarged bi-fold windows, the increased natural light and uplighting subtly drawing attention to the textures and details that make this pub a place of pride for the owners, staff and community,” according to Richard Stanisich.


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