When Loh Lik Peng, founder and owner of Unlisted Collection: was introduced to a heritage site at the top of Chippendale’s Kensington Street back in 2011, it was both love at first sight and the beginning of a puzzling project. Fast-forward four years, and what is set to be Sidney’s finest boutique design hotel is officially open for business.
Two iconic heritage-listed buildings – the former Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building have been carefully adjoined by a glass link-way under the engineered expertise of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The result: a distinctive and unique design-led property constructed with obsessive attention to aesthetics and a focus on retaining as many interesting and original features as possible.
A total of sixty-two rooms and suites, of seven distinctive types, feature high ceilings, large original framed windows, heritage timber paneling and original exposed walls. Intricate, quirky objects and fixtures have been hand-selected to furnish each space.
PSlab’s lighting design intervention was inspired by the unique nature of the space. The black lacquered steel “car light” wall fixtures, and the custom made black powder coated pendant lights with their hand-blown glass bulbs on each extremity hanging by pair or on its own, are giving the rooms and living space an additional bespoke contemporary touch.