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Melbourne’s New Bespoke Hotel Experience

Combining design expertise and high tech 3D printing, the already renowned QT Hotel brand has expanded its boutique stayover experience with the QT Melbourne.



BY Andrew McDonald

February 10th, 2017


Designed by Indyk Architects in collaboration with JEB, the QT Melbourne is the result of a considered design plan that both responds to the needs of the design loving traveller, as well as uses the latest in computer assisted design to see these needs fulfilled.

A main feature of the 197 suites of the hotel is the bathroom walls, constructed from a series of textured glass panel and set in industrial metal frames. This striking feature of the design is the result of the JEB Custom Projects team, who developed a bespoke solution that references the design of European warehouses and cafes. With the partitions requiring movement however, aluminium was used for the framing, in place of the heavier steel found in historic examples.

To give aluminium partitions a nostalgic look of aged steel, JEB undertook a series of modifications in the design and manufacturing processes. Welded joints, a larger corner radius in the frames, and unique powder coating techniques mimics an effortlessly aged aesthetic. The glass panels themselves are acid etched for privacy, except over the basin where a mirror finish serves as a usable mirror on wall.

During Indyk’s design and building process of the QT Melbourne, the manufacturing processes were kept on an agile and speedy schedule thanks to the partitions workshop and world-class 3D printer of the JEB head office. A rarity in large-scale commercial projects, the wishes of the designer could be addressed in an agile manner. Additionally, each room’s partition system was packed in its own box, minimising the complexity of installation and keeping building costs low.

The QT Melbourne is the latest step for the QT brand, and the relationship between Indyk Architects and JEB, but not the last. By developing the design language together, Indyk and JEB achieved an industrial yet elegant fit out that speaks for itself, and development and construction of a sister QT Hotel in Perth is already underway. Design-loving travellers are spoiled for choice.