Appropriately located in the refurbished Collingwood Yards, the new station resides on the ground floor of the existing masonry building situated on the south of the site. The brief from the clients requested the programs to gently overlap the atmosphere for the radio station, restaurant, and bar together.
Internally, Hope Street Radio is divided into rectangular thirds—the kitchen, bar and reception towards the Eastern wall, dining in the centre and the DJ/ Radio station towards the west and closest to the entrance façade that can be seen from the heart of Collingwood Yards.
Each section is subtly partitioned by the custom joinery’s strong statement composed of dark vertical thin timber strips and thin blue decorative lattice framework hosted on the banquet seating in the centre.
Added to the joinery includes retro school chairs (paying homage to the history of the building once known as the Collingwood Technical School Campus) and the blue edge stripping found on the custom resin benchtops—the space shouts retro in all the right places.
The walls and ceilings of the radio station are refreshed in white, providing a canvas for Cole and local Melbourne artist
With live entertainment and good company throughout the day presented in an embracing manner, Hope Street Radio is bound to bustle with different rigour and vibe.
An open space that invites different communities—as Duke Orsino’s famously said—“If music be the food of love, play on!”
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