Makeover aims to create bold art statement

Last updated 08:53 11/02/2014
Museum Hotel interior

ART NOUVEAU: Mirrors reflect lush colours and artwork in one of the renovated Museum Art Hotel rooms.

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Sixty-eight rooms in the Museum Art Hotel are about to be given a lush Coco Chanel-inspired makeover.

Boutique hotel owner Chris Parkin said $2 million was being spent on the refurbishment of rooms in the original part of the 165-room hotel.

Gold and mirror interiors, wall art, quirky lamps and objets d'art are being used to add a splash of colour and richness.

All soft furnishings and much of the joinery is being replaced, and gold curtaining will be used to complement the chocolate and gold carpets.

Parkin said it was all about making a point of difference from the bland symphony of beige that was a feature of so many other hotels.

"We're trying to make a statement. In any group of people, there's going to be some who hate that - they may not like it, but they won't forget it."

"Our goal has been to bring these rooms into the current art design idiom of the rest of the hotel.

"It's all part of our desire to continue offering our guests an inspiring point of differentiation from the traditional hotel."

Angela Foster from CGM+Foster architects, who has been involved in the development of the museum apartments since 2003, designed the refurbishment.

Renovation started in December 2013 and work has now been completed on 28 rooms.

Another 15 will be completed by the end of April, and the last 25 are scheduled to be completed by the end of June.

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