Everyone needs something new. Some creative and inspirational designs. Whenever I see some unique building designs. I capture them into my phone and save them for my collection. I love architecture that re-purposes material and breathes new life into them. While shipping containers are the most popular for that style of work. Australian group Techné Architects are applying that creativity to drainage pipes! Prahran Hotel’s pub in Melbourne was renovating this year from a small back area into a playful and innovative hangout spot using more than 40 tons of concrete tubes to create the cool extending façade. As I said I am a fan of architectural designs. And I follow these brands and their architectural brutalism Gensler, Perkins and Will, HDR and Jacobs.
Techné Architects envisioned a architectural brutalism that was visually connected, interactive and dramatic. Something we all could use to get over the pandemic and resume our social lives. The structure uses 17 1/2 culvert pipes on the facade and inside as well which are turning into intimate booths. In fact, one special pipe serves as a VIP booth for 10 people! The booths are finishing with soft leather upholstery and lined with recycled spotted gum slats and acoustic absorption mats.
The main bar is crafting from salvage pipes and concrete cast lamps. Techné’s inclusion of sustainable elements don’t end there. They also use recycled pipes to create a colorful bar and planting a Chinese elm in the open. Tiled courtyard to stay aligning with the original goal of making sure that the space is visually connected. “Inside you are climbing over the pipes, sitting in them, or on them at various levels. They have a lasting impact on the space,” says Architect Justin Northrop.
For a passerby, the architectural brutalism of stacked pipes will look like a wall of kegs (fitting given that it is a pub) and are close with glass windows which allow for plenty of natural light and views. Guests can play around and find their favorite spot anywhere in the three levels of the hotel, there are several carefully designing cozy nooks and group seating options. You can also sit outdoors in the courtyard and admire the corrugated concrete wall, porthole windows, and beautiful wall hangings by Ayus Botanical. The daylight from the courtyard and from the large circular pipe windows fill up every corner and make it a welcoming space, unlike the typical dingy, dark pub. Crawling into a pipe never sounded better!