The new design of Hotel Palisade is the journey of the building, from past to present. Walk into the original character of the building in the ground floor bar, which pays homage to days gone-by, with the hustle and bustle of the early harbor port days of the Rocks.
The design is inspired by the small trades of eras passed: the handtooled, handsmithed and handtinkered. Everything you see and feel is bespoke, handcrafted items by locally based master craftsmen and tradesmen. The fixtures and finishes are a nod to this industrial past using humble and honest materials… zinc, steel, leather, canvas, copper and timber. We celebrate the materials that patina and get better with age (and with a little bit of tough love, too).
You may still hear the jeers of the larrikins and the ‘wharfies’ coming to drink after a day waiting for ships to dock. You might catch the cackles and calls of the mothers and aunties for their little ones to come in from days riding billy carts and mock war games on the streets. You will feel the ruggedness of the surface under layers of thoughtful design.
On offering is a harp back to the time of oyster bars and the staple that the sea offered. This is a place where the history of the community is both wicked and respectable, but always with a very strong sense of camaraderie. The colour palette is inspired by the spectacular views of the Sydney waters and the original tiles that line the inner walls and their many moods of green.
To bring back this iconic ground floor back to life I instilled an army of talented people:
Rowena – Murobond & colour hunter, Felix – finder & maker, Tommy – builder & solutionaire, Saul – blacksmith extraordinaire, Jonathan – furniture maker & all round finishes guy, Simon – lighting & all round MacGyver, Athol – believer & magician of shapes & forms, hard & soft, Michael – genius of all painters, with the patience of a saint, Neil – scenic painter & layerer of history & romantic grim, Ross – electrician & unruffled weaver of the unimagined, Terry & Michael – magic makers from bad to good in floors, Andrew – tinkerer, Stuart – a shape shifter in furniture, Rosie – finder & keeper of oddities & curiosities, Will & Nath – wizards of the palimpsest & lost arts of signwriting, Chris & team – layering in tiles of once was, Simon – rejoicing of the history of graphics, Matt – plumber & onion peeler, Paul – time traveller & artist, David – lover of history & measurements, Camille – draper & leather shifter of quality aprons, Andrew – fabric & notion expertise, Sam & Katie – earth benders, Alan – sourcerer of all quality furniture, Ken – eagle eyed finder of vintage wares, Avi – tanner & unturner of all stones.
Photos by Chris Court