The ‘Grand Old Lady’ of Abbortsford is back - The Terminus Hotel re-opens.

A Melbourne institution has awoken from its slumber. The ‘grand old lady’ of Abbotsford, The Terminus Hotel, is back thanks to an inspiring collaboration between Sand Hill Road and Techné Architecture + Interior Design.  The quintessentially Melbourne watering hole has returned from its long enforced hiatus to once again grace Abbotsford’s Victoria Street with its lovingly restored façade and promise of good times and frivolity within its green walls. 

Following a number of successful creative collaborations including the recently renovated Prahran Hotel, Sand Hill Road once again turned to renowned hospitality design team Techné Architecture + Interior Design to help them resurrect and reinvigorate the Terminus Hotel. Sand Hill Road provided Techné director, Justin Northrop, with two criteria; the first, to deliver a unique design that caters for today’s patrons while also acknowledging the venue’s illustrious past and the second, to create a lush garden space offering local residents respite from the surrounding concrete jungle and a meeting place for their family and friends. 

“The venue has been almost completely dwarfed by apartment developments in recent years and it seemed entirely appropriate to provide a lush oasis for patrons surrounded by the ever increasing urban sprawl. The challenge was creating a space that provides an increasing level of amenity while also retaining the much-loved character of the pub. “The original heritage protected façade, built in 1923, has been restored, but the famous green paint-job will remain. The interiors are a modern interpretation of the original pub, with the focal point being the art deco-inspired front bar. In contrast, the spectacularly kitsch upstairs ‘Paris Tropical’ bar space is a nod to the Terminus’ flamboyant history. The circulation between the internal spaces and the sprawling urban jungle beer garden is designed to be continuous and allows patrons to explore the pub and check out what else is going on throughout the venue,” says Northrop. 

The new island public bar draws inspiration from the art deco era with antique gloss tiles and is connected overhead with striking copper tanks which will pump fresh, unpasteurised Carlton Draught directly to the glasses of thirsty locals - the next best thing to tasting it straight from the brewery, located only 2 minutes away. The centerpiece of the breathtaking top to bottom redesign is undoubtedly its lush 150 square metre beer garden with nine metre high glass ceiling and 2 outdoor bars. Designed to emulate a forest canopy, the two level ‘urban jungle’ comes complete with full sized Waterhousea Floribunda trees and huge steel columns set at random angles that will become a living, breathing oasis offering patrons plenty of opportunity to chill out, relax and soak up the unique surroundings. 

The various bar areas in the pub offer very differing experiences but are all inextricably linked together to provide patrons with an interactive and connected pub experience few venues can match. With a 516 patron capacity, the pub is served by five bars and will have 72 seats available for reservation, as well as function spaces for up to 80 people on the outdoor terrace and 150 people in the upstairs lounge. 

The Terminus Hotel is located at 605 Victoria Street, Abbotsford and is open from midday until late on weekdays and until 3am Friday and Saturday evenings. For further information or bookings for dining or private functions, contact 03 9427 0615 or visit 

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Local Melbourne architects Techne pays homage to the 1970s Milk Bar or Mixed Business, with a design that were often synonymous with Greek immigrants.

George Sykiotis and George Calombaris of Made Establishment are serving up another round of souvlaki at the new location for infamous souvlaki bar Jimmy Grants.  A new milk bar styled Jimmy Grants will open in the iconic Emporium Building in Melbourne

“When I moved from Cyprus to Melbourne in 1949, I got a job at the Docks. Everyone who came by boat was looking for work like me, but no true blue Aussie could pronounce my name.  To them I was just another immigrant.  Whether from Greece, Italy or China we were all just called ‘Jimmy Grant,” says George Sykiotis, Director at Made Establishment.

The Hellenic homeland for Athenian-style souvlaki will be located in the old Myer Building in Lonsdale Street that has been spectacularly transformed in the Emporium Building.  The design avoids all traditional Greek tavern style restaurants and instead centres on the reproduction turn of the century timber framed milk bar shop front with a playful and sentimental feel.

“The scheme pays a playful and nostalgic homage to Melbourne’s suburban milk bars of past decades.  This is clearly demonstrated through it’s timber ‘shop front’ style façade which contains signage and ornate details that are reminiscent of their time.  In contrast the servery area represents a later era and it is formed out of brickwork to help it purposely read as an extension, as if it was added to the shop at a later date,” says Dale McDougall from Techne.

Techne’s choice of materials that are used throughout the space are evocative of the Milk Bar theme.  A mosaic feature wall with custom Jimmy Grants logo will be a main focal point at the front of the shop, and will be replicated on the servery wall and back of house wall.   

“The careful choice of materials play a big part in the success of the scheme.  The use of various mosaic tiles, a Terrazzo floor and an awning formed from a striped canvas help bring a level of authenticity to the scheme by creating various historic layers,” adds McDougall. 

Black and white graphic images of ‘jimmy grants’ or immigrants as they are also known, create a feature wall behind the point of sale counter.  End to End Creative Graphics produced the eye catching images which are typical to the Milk bar typology.

Jimmy Grants will once again be a destination for more than just a satisfying souvlaki, with the playful new Milk Bar creating the perfect atmosphere for casual conversation and good food, you may even bump into a cousin or two. 

Congratulations to Cannyone of Australia’s prominent designers and builders of luxury homes, on their award for Renovation/Addition of the Year at the 2013 HIA CSR Victorian Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.

The award was in recognition for this stunning renovation on an elegant Federation Arts and Craft era home in Kew, Melbourne.

The front part of the home on ground level was sliced in half – the three front rooms were preserved in their original period style while the remaining back rooms were reconfigured and extended to create new space. A second storey was also added to accommodate four bedrooms, two bathrooms and another children’s retreat. 

State-of-the-art design features include everything from Control 4 automation for wireless appliance control across the house to an L-shaped swimming pool with three separate areas and a Schindler lift which operates to all three floors, however one of the greatest highlights is the underground component. 

The 560 square metre basement level required extensive excavation to incorporate a half-sized basketball court with six-metre high ceilings complete with outlook window from the underground rumpus room. The underground level also includes a guest retreat complete with bedroom, sitting area and bathroom, a cellar, gymnasium, a 5-car garage and a luxurious home cinema completely fitted out with a 130-inch screen and 11 leather recliners. 

The owners, a family of six with four children under 13, had a distinctive vision to create a home that would evolve with the family and be an entertainment haven for the children to bring their friends home. The end result is a premium triple storey design that incorporates the ultimate in quality aesthetics, materials and build for which Canny is nationally renowned. 

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Stunning architectural and interior design for the Infinity Centre, a new senior school for the Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Keilor East.

Designed by McBride Charles Ryan, the Infinity Centre is a fluid form with a sense of grander and sophisticated style. The use of materials, colour and spatial configurations create unique spaces for learning and social gatherings. Its not hard to see why the building is the recipient of the Architecture Award for Public Architecture, Victoria Architecture Awards 2013 and received a high commendation in the Australian Interior Design Awards 2013.

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Maintaining its humble yellow brick 1960’s exterior, The Wattle Avenue House by Melbourne architects Minifie van Schaik hints of an exciting redesign, a sympathetic juxtaposition of the old and new creating a beautiful family home.

Developed for celebrity chief Stefano de Pieri and his family of Mildura, the house, which unsurprisingly has been planned around its kitchen, has been completely reconfigured internally to meet the clients needs.

The original home was a small two bedroom house but has since been transformed into three bedrooms, three bathrooms, walk in laundry, two kitchens, a walk in pantry, wine cellar, laundry, a media room, adjacent but contiguous kitchen/living/dining spaces, and an internal courtyard joined by large sliding doors to the living area.

We especially love the strong geographic exterior with its hexagon patterns and the shared courtyard comprising of a beautiful glazed brick wall.

Wattle Avenue House was awarded an Australian Institute of Architects award for Residential Alterations and Extensions in June 2012. 

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Architect Rob Mills has created a beautiful beach house that is visually striking, exists as one with its wilderness surrounds and will survive the marine environment for years to come. Rising from a steep slope overlooking the Great Ocean Road, Ocean House is a beach retreat that challenges convention. Combining a bold interpretation of the traditional timber coastal pavilion with lower floors built from concrete. Architect Rob Mills has created a beach house that is visually striking, exists as one with its wilderness surrounds and will survive the marine environment for years to come.

Ocean House is a bold expression of Mills’ design philosophy, a seven-bedroom property that can operate as one home or be divided into two acoustically separate dwellings. Based around pure architectural forms – the tall cylinder forming its southern end contrasts dramatically with the sharp lines of the pavilion – it generates a series of distinct experiences. Viewed from the ridge above, circular windows and angled balustrades echo a ship’s hull, while the colours of the ocean pouring through the walls of glass enhance the nautical feel.

The raw materials offer excellent thermal mass, helping cool the house in summer and retaining warmth in winter. The raw structure also becomes the finish. Ocean House’s subdued, natural palette blends with the forest that forms its backdrop, placing architecture and landscape in perfect harmony

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When the owners of this Canterbury property were briefing the architects at Canny of their requirements for their new home, the wish list included a clean line and functional architectural home. Outdoor enthusiasts, they stipulated that a water feature abut the home and an alfresco area be a component of the outdoor space - viewable from all the main rooms, whilst taking advantage of the northerly aspect.

Whilst the home carries a somewhat modest façade, it’s the interior and rear components that really set the tone of this casually sophisticated property. With 4 bedrooms, 4-car basement garage, 2.5 bathrooms, cellar and 4 living areas, it encapsulates everything the clients could possibly imagine. Everything about this home is state-of-the-art, from the Jetmaster fireplace and integrated barbecue in the pool house, to the dumb waiter and $15,000 custom built glass pane from the study outlook to pool, no expense was spared in creating this perfectly tuned home.

The Canny Design team exceeded the expectations of the clients with a stunning lap pool and water feature combination, with the ‘floating deck’ a focal point of the overall entertaining area. The granite external cladding on feature walls and thoughtful use of timber assist with the seamless integration of the home’s functional and aesthetic components. The fully-tiled pool with granite stepping stones marries in beautifully with the stonework of the adjacent alfresco area; and the spotted gum decking flows from the polished floorboards of the main living area to provide an inviting exterior island oasis. The 15x2 m lap lane adds functionality to the pool, whilst continuing the theme of a wrap-around water feature. The pool is fitted with in-floor cleaning, solar heating and premium filtration to keep it looking perfect year-round with minimum fuss.

Canny, renowned as one of Melbourne’s leading design and construction companies, have an in-house team of architects and interior designers who have the combined capacity to create a truly unique concepts. With all services under one roof, from design, engineering, documentation and construction, Canny provides an integrated solution and coordinated approach to even the most demanding and intricate projects.

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Melbourne architects Lyons have designed a new building for RMIT University, a unique city campus embedded deeply into the downtown grid of Melbourne with its 5 million people.

This new building, called the Swanston Academic Building, is an idea about building a vertical campus and drawing the diversity of the city deeply in to the design conception. As student space is not available like a green campus, the project proposes a vertical ‘stack’ of informal ‘open’ student spaces, each connected to a  central circulation system of escalators and stairs. This creates a three-dimensional armature of student infrastructure within the building, and is also used as a means of providing a sustainable natural ventilation system within this network of spaces. These student spaces are named ‘portals’ as a hybrid of the physical gateway, and the virtual access to knowledge and information. Each is a double height space, and externally they appear as large ‘holes’ in the facade, each with a distinctive profile based on editing the surrounding cityscape.

The building is designed to meet the long-term needs of the University for teaching and learning spaces, with over 80 spaces including large lecture theatres, which are stacked vertically within a long span structure. All of the learning spaces, which vary in capacity from 30 to 360 students, are designed around new models of learning pedagogies, particularly collaborative and project based learning. Through this approach, a gradient of different learning spaces are provided within each level of the building, reflecting the diversity model that is typical within the city condition.

Externally the building form, with its geometry of compression and expansion, was created out of a series of design operations which modeled the ‘force’ of the surrounding city on to the building itself – like a gravitational force, or crumpling an aluminium can. The colours of the facade are also derived from a mapping of the surrounding cityscape, via the operation of a virtual diorama. In doing so the colouration can be perceived as part camouflage.

The distinctive triangular window format (three windows per level) provides for particular views from the interior – up, down and straight out – and also optimizes the environmental performance of the façade system.  Lightweight sunshades, varied in dimension to suit the orientation of the building, further extend the super-performative quality of the buildings envelope.

The intended result from these design strategies, is to create a building as a city campus, one which is quite literally the campus as a city in microcosm – an intense vertical diversity for the students who use it – and deeply and specifically connected with the local city the building inhabits. 

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The Vibe Design Group have designed this wonderful home in Kew, Melbourne with a 60’s stereo cabinet inspired façade constructed of slatted timber. The house sits lightly balanced on angled steel posts again reminiscent of the stereo cabinet legs, which affords the house the appearance of floating out across the land.

The project sits well in its treed environs, Silvertop Ash was chosen as the cladding because its eventual grey colour will blend completely and afford a sense of belonging in the treed backdrop.

The cut out element of the living area window directs the line of sight down to the pool, BBQ area and backyard space – protecting privacy. Overall a sensitive design and quality build.

Designers: Vibe Design
Builders: Icon Synergy
Photographer: Robert Hammer 

Designed and constructed by Canny, this Hawthorn home creates a workable harmony of clever design and functional family living space.

The initial client brief was to create a home that would allow independent living zones for the needs of the growing family. With three teenage boys the home allows ample breakout spaces for the children to be active and yet still enjoy the togetherness of combined family areas. The clients required a new home with a traditional façade to the compliment the streetscape, yet a more contemporary feel as one moved through to the rear of the home. The front rooms took on a traditional feel, whilst the rear presented more modern attributes. 

The rear of the home showcases a distinctive curved pool house with expansive pool outlook. Dual outdoor entertaining areas with canopy skylights and recessed alfresco heaters allow for continuous enjoyment throughout all seasons. All of these elements were carefully integrated and designed with the landscape.

The highly detailed cellar is perhaps the standout feature of this residence. Complete with 2,000 unit wine storage, Vintec wine fridge, tasting bench, sink and luxe wooden joinery, the room carries an understated opulence and serves as a unique entertaining area for intimate dinner parties and tastings.

Canny’s in-house design studio of twelve is comprised of architects, interior designers and experienced draftsmen. For further information visit or call (03) 8532 4444.

The ‘Shakin Stevens’ project by Matt Gibson Architecture and Design is an exciting blend of heritage and modern architecture and certainly captured our attention. Conceptually beyond the vibrant green door, there are no doors. The newer space is about flow and continuity where delineation of space is soft and less finite than expected from the street.

A bold architectural statement with a high level of design refinement and sensitivity. Full credit to the Matt Gibson and his team. For more information visit 

Melbourne architects Hassell have create a beautiful space for sushi bar Deba. Shielded by heavy white cyprus battens, the space is quiet and contemplative. The use of gloss white tiling edged in timber emulates the cleanliness of a Japanese bath house, while the Koi fish mosaic and noren curtains evoke the serenity of a Japanese tea garden.

Deba, derived from the Japanese carving knive, Deba bocho, is designed for strength and precision. Like exquisitely executed sashimi, Deba is intricate, intimate and crafted beautifully.

Make sure you visit Deba for yourself to get a feel for the space. Located at the entry of Yarra Lane, South Yarra. 

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Located on a key urban site at the former CUB Brewery, Pixel is an exciting project designed by Melbourne architects Studio 505 and one of Melbourne’s most significant and ambitious projects.

Scoring a perfect 105 Green Star points and 105 LEED points, Pixel is Australia’s first carbon neutral office building, generating all its own power and water on site.

Pixel is a ‘Future Office’ - a prototype of the commercial buildings that will emerge when a carbon constrained environment demands a greater focus on energy efficiency. As a prototype, it enables an analysis of the ongoing implications of new technologies in the commercial building sector.

The most publicly visible element is Pixel’s colourful facade. A simple but intricate assembly of zero waste, recycled colour panels providing maximised daylight, shade, views and glare control.

The panels are supported by the Living Edge spandrels which create shading and grey water treatment as well as providing immediate personal greenery to every office floor. The facade wraps continuously around Pixel creating a vibrant and unique identity.

Pixel has achieved a perfect score of 100 under the Greenstar rating system, with 75 points the benchmark for 6 Star Greenstar. It gained an extra five points for innovation, equating to world leadership. Included in Pixel’s five innovation points were points for carbon neutrality, a vacuum toilet system, the anaerobic digestion system and reduced car parking.

Pixel has also achieved a perfect 105 points under the US LEED rating scheme making it the highest rating building of any yet certified for LEED anywhere in the world. It is aiming to exceed the highest score yet achieved under the UK BREEAM rating systems. To put that into context, there are approximately 740,000 buildings registered worldwide under those three rating schemes, and Pixel would be at the forefront of all of them.

A credit to both Studio 505 and the Grocon for creating such a well design and sustainable building. Fur further information visit or

The Bridge Hotel in Richmond has undergone a impressive redevelopment designed by Melbourne architectural group Techne.

The conceptual approach to the Bridge Hotel was to take the existing venue, characterised by its dark and enclosed spaces, and to physically carve a laneway through the building to bring in natural light and openness. Designed to minimise structural change and material wastage, a richly detailed and decorated laneway has been cut through the centre of the building. The remaining volume, bisected into two new internal facades, is further broken down into a series of differentiated ‘tenancies’, including bar spaces, a bistro and wintergarden, loading dock and stairs to first floor spaces that were imagined as apartments or studios that all interact with the central laneway.

Spatially, both the interior and the lane are intentionally a progression of intimate volumes and restricted circulation spaces. This fosters a sense of discovery as the interior reveals itself gradually. A layering of recycled and re-used materials builds a sense of urban charm, and extensive collections of found objects and installation art, which borrow further from the city’s intricate street culture. The resulting venue could be viewed as a uniquely whimsical addition to the ongoing evolution of pubs in Melbourne. 

Make sure you call into the Bridge Hotel in Richmond to view the space for yourself and enjoy a beer and meal while you are there.

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Melbourne architectural practice Baenziger Coles recently designed a magnificent oceanfront residence in Ladysmith, located on the 49th parallel on the east coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. Titled ‘Canada House’, we are excited to see Melbourne designers creating such great work abroad.

For privacy, the design response purposely turned its back on the approaching forest road and opened its arms to embrace the magnificent ocean views and passing marine life. Selected natural local materials and finishes complement the surrounding site and reflected the raw beauty of the landscape.

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