44 Ryrie Street
Our vision for this truly mixed use project brings together a 180-room hotel, 14 luxury owner occupied residential apartments, and approximately 7300 m² of commercial office space, all connected by vibrant street level activation that joins this gateway site to a part of Geelong that is experiencing a surge in growth and activity.
The site is located on a prominent corner at the intersection of Ryrie and Fenwick Streets and its orientation creates a northern frontage to Ryrie Street of 90 metres with only one shared boundary on its eastern edge. The site also sits at the northern edge of the Geelong Cultural precinct with the landmarks of Johnstone Park, the recently refurbished Barwon Water building, and the State Government offices in the foreground.
Our design draws upon the history of Geelong and its architectural vernacular, the iconic wool store. The restrained palette of materials includes folded metals, rich textured concrete, recessive glazing, local hardwood, and hand-laid brick. Brick was selected for the podium and street wall for its robust materiality and strong compositional order, reflected in many existing significant buildings of the city.
44 Ryrie Street responds to a plan for Geelong’s future as it evolves from a base of manufacturing to a city of culture and innovation.