There is always something new popping up in Brisbane, and Accor Hotels thought it was time to update the Mercure Hotel at North Quay to their new Mercure global brand standards. And it’s hot! . . . . . HOT PINK, with a smack of bold yellow.
The charcoal backdrop allows these hot colours to punch through alternate areas in the room, defining micro zones within the space. A few timber furniture elements provides an earthiness to ground the bold palette. The new look is playful and fun and it reflects Mercure’s new global direction, just as much as it responds to Brisbane’s unselfconscious attitude as a progressive city on the move.
The black portal surrounding the window above, frames the awesome views up and down the river as well as the Southbank cultural precinct, and the chaise is the perfect perch to watch the river action whilst sipping your favourite beverage.
Accor engaged WMK Architecture for the project, following on from the success of the Mercure Melbourne Treasury gardens on Spring Street in Melbourne. John Andreas, Director, notes the concept was driven by the location on the Brisbane River and directly opposite the Queensland Museum and GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art). A strong artistic influence drives the design with commissioned headboard artwork by a local print artist, Kelly Fielding, inspired by the river.
The typically compact hotel bathrooms are made to feel more spacious with replacement of baths for large showers and wall to wall mirrors, and attention grabbed by the funky yellow feature wall.
The guest response has been so enthusiastic that WMK have now been engaged to translate this concept in refurbishing the ground floor lobby and reception of the hotel. I have seen the sketches and it’s looking mighty funky. It certainly wont be your typical guest check in experience.
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Photos supplied by WMK.