Dock Street is an urban infill project that has provided an extension to the neighbouring Wombat’s Hostel. The extension has been built on what was previously a small vacant plot, making productive and efficient use of the potentially awkward space. The project provides a number of additional bedrooms across four floors, echoing the layout and design scheme of the existing hostel.
Internally, timber floors, a strong decorative scheme and ‘proper’ beds banish any echo of the stereotypical hostel environment. A standout of the design can be found in the basement, where existing vaults beneath the pavement have been converted into unique sleeping caves.
The development takes design cues from the surrounding architectural context, appropriately scaled and detailed to complement neighbouring buildings. The facade is largely made up of a limestone that picks up on the stone detailing of a previous building, while elegant full height aluminium windows ensures bright and airy rooms within.
Commended in the 'New Build Modern' category for the Stone Federation Natural Stone Awards 2016
Photography: Alan Williams