WEBB+ is a leading interior design & architecture firm with a focus on hospitality, leisure, retail and high-end residential. Based in Melbourne, Principal Simon Webb and Design Director Adrian Downes approach is based on seamlessly integrating the complexity of aesthetics, functionality and economic viability in every project.
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The Botanical Hotel
South Yarra, Melbourne, 2010
The reinvention of an iconic South Yarra venue. The overriding aim has been to create a standout all day dining venue with some serious pub credentials so that the primary focus is a top quality and inventive dining experience within a pub. The whole building has been opened up so from the front door there is a clear line of site through to the rear fireplace and conservatory area. The aesthetic is a simple but rich palette of finishes with consistency between areas. Dark timbers, are offset by black steel, pressed glass light fittings and pale walls. Warm leather and richer tones create intimacy in the dining room, whilst the Archer room is lighter and brighter with an outdoor feel. The rear main bar is robust but with strong detail and opens onto a bright terrace area in monochromatic tones. The dark oak floor unifies all areas.
Langham Hotel Chuan Spa
CBD, Melbourne, 2007
The Langham Hotel, formerly the Sheraton Southbank, is a luxury five star property well located on Southbank but lacking much of the core facilities typically expected in the top end of the market today. As new owners of the hotel, The Langham Group recognised the need for an extensive spa offer to underpin the five star status and leverage the potential of prominent roof top space with spectacular views of the city. The brief was to create a calm luxury environment with references to the Asian origins of the Chuan brand and its owners. 15th and 16th Century Chinese references were the inspiration behind the clean lines expressed in the joinery and fitout. This, coupled with luxurious textured finishes and atmospheric lighting, create a sense of expensive serenity.
Adelaide Casino, South Australia, 2010
The Gaming Floor presented particularly difficult challenges. Its situation in an unusually shaped section of the Casino building, between two heritage listed vaulted spaces occupied by the North Restaurant and the Loco Bar, and the requirement to provide a primary entrance from North terrace added to the constraints. As the area had to compete with the adjacent heritage spaces, strong theatrical statements were required: Huge ten-meter diameter lighting fixtures and reinstated Bohemian Crystal Chandeliers from the original fitout, against a backdrop of reflective surfaces and dramatic concealed lighting achieved the desired effect. The lower gaming machine spaces lined with timber veneers and upholstered panels in warm tones allow for a high degree of patron comfort. Dramatic cut timber and bronze mirror screens break up and define the line between bar, gaming and circulation. A new chandelier bar and gaming area created within the historic Marble Hall of the Casino, completed from inception to completion in 3 months. The simple form of the bar and the extensive use of mirror are a response to the heritage interior and strong architectural form of the existing space. This simplicity is echoed by the vast crystal bubble chandelier adding elegance and drama without distracting from the surroundings. Plush and comfortable furnishings are offset by a richly toned carpet, with the pattern being derived from the existing window configuration.