Australia Welcomes Its First Urban Resort – The Calile Hotel by Richards and Spence
Project Feature
Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Words James Lyall Smith
Photography Sean Fennessy
Embracing Brisbane’s Humid Climate And Tropical Surrounds Became The Foundation Of What Is

Richards and Spence use inspiration from the nostalgic grandeur of Palm Springs architecture to bring The Calile, Australia’s first urban resort, to life.

In the middle of the vibrant Brisbane suburb of Fortitude Valley sits The Calile Hotel, an architecturally-designed oasis that draws upon the enviable Queensland climate to create a resort experience within the trendy James Street precinct. Designed by renowned Brisbane architects Richards and Spence and recognised nationally and internationally for defining the look and feel of the James Street precinct — The Calile design embraces and advances this established tropical vernacular. “We looked to other hot weather cities with a resort focus to inform our design…Miami, Palm Springs, Rio De Janeiro and Mexico City,” says Richards and Spence Co-Director Adrian Spence.

The Calile Introduces Brisbane To A New Standard Of Architecturally Designed Hotel Class.

The 175-room architecturally designed hotel draws on the enviable Queensland climate and tropical surrounds.

Upon Approach, One Is Immediately Transfixed By The Calile’s Distinctive Curves And Harsh

The Calile design embraces and advances this established tropical vernacular.

In The Middle Of The Vibrant Brisbane Suburb Of Fortitude Valley Sits The Calile Hotel

Guests are invited to experience all the ease and comfort of a resort stay with the convenience of an inner-city urban setting.

Upon approach, one is immediately transfixed by The Calile’s distinctive curves and harsh monolithic concrete exterior rising like a beacon from the street scape below and making one question their immediate locality. The unique exterior destines The Calile to become one of Australia’s most photogenic buildings but for Adrian Spence, the architectural considerations were more climactic than simply about the creation of hero imagery. Embracing Brisbane’s humid climate and tropical surrounds became the foundation of what is Australia’s first urban resort. “In our opinion there is no other city-based Australian hotel conceived as a resort,”explains Adrian. “City-based hotels in our country are pitched to a corporate market, focussed on the conference, rather than on the pool and the hotel’s surrounds. The Calile aims to change that perception”.

The Architectural Considerations Were More Climactic Than Simply About The Creation Of Her

The Calile is a hotel that wears its location and name with pride.

Designed By Renowned Brisbane Architects Richards And Spence And Recognised Nationally And

“In our opinion there is no other city-based Australian hotel conceived as a resort”.

Says Richards And Spence Co Director Adrian Spence.

The Calile marks the most recent addition of Richards and Spence designs to be unveiled in James Street.

All of the 175 guest rooms present within The Calile Hotel were designed with the guest experience in mind, once again utilising the tropical climate to create a lavish atmosphere amongst luxurious surroundings. Open-air spaces and breezeways link guests to rooms designed for comfort — cork floors and sisal matting give way to marble bathroom finishes, dedicated living areas with day bed and dining table. Echoing a perspective shared by the majority of Queensland based architects, Adrian Spence states, “Our climate allows us to live outdoors most of the year. The naturally ventilated rooms allow guests to share our unique outdoor lifestyle again reinforcing a sense of place that is uniquely Brisbane”.

The Calile Design Embraces And Advances This Established Tropical Vernacular.

Rooms feature bath amenities, a locally sourced mini bar, motorised blackout blinds and UHD television with Chromecast and sound bar.

City Based Hotels In Our Country Are Pitched To A Corporate Market, Focussed On The Confer

“City-based hotels in our country are pitched to a corporate market, focussed on the conference, rather than on the pool and the hotel’s surrounds. The Calile aims to change that perception”.

Richards And Spence Use Inspiration From The Nostalgic Grandeur Of Palm Springs Architectu

The most prominent space of The Calile is undoubtably the elevated, centrally-located pool and the surrounding pool deck area featuring outdoor dining, cabanas and sun lounges. The Calile pool area is key to creating the unique urban resort feel developed by the design. This tropical resort theme, reminiscent of Palm Springs, is reinforced by every unique detail of the hotel. The external naturally-ventilated corridors and lift lobbies with ceiling fans and planters, combined with operable windows and balconies, co-exist to continue the resort theme inside and outside the rooms.

The Calile Hotel Is Australia’s First Urban Resort.

Beyond the in-room amenities and leisure facilities designed to help guests embrace the authentic charm of the sub-tropical locale.

In Our Opinion There Is No Other City Based Australian Hotel Conceived As A Resort,”explai

The Calile pool area is key to creating the unique urban resort feel developed by the design.

Once Again Utilising The Tropical Climate To Create A Lavish Atmosphere Amongst Luxurious

Despite drawing inspiration from tropical architecture around the globe, the design for The Calile by Richards and Spence feels uniquely Brisbane in nature, meaning the hotel is not out of place amongst the urban streetscape of the James Street precinct in Fortitude Valley. A triumph of Queensland design, The Calile is aesthetically pleasing from every angle, introducing guests to a level of resort style luxury seldom seen in traditional urban hotels. Beyond the facilities, amenities, restaurants and service, The Calile is a story of architecture that is further enhanced by the nature of the Brisbane climate. When asked to reflect on his design for The Calile, Adrian Spence simply states, “It is our greatest professional achievement to date”.

Richards And Spence Bring A Sense Of Palm Springs Nostalgic Grandeur To The Centre Of Bris
Located In Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley And Designed By Renowned Architecture Firm Richards
An Architecturally Designed Oasis That Draws Upon The Enviable Queensland Climate To Creat
The Unique Exterior Destines The Calile To Become One Of Australia’s Most Photogenic Build
All Of The 175 Guest Rooms Present Within The Calile Hotel Were Designed With The Guest Ex
We Looked To Other Hot Weather Cities With A Resort Focus To Inform Our Design…miami, Palm
Australia Welcomes Its First Urban Resort – The Calile Hotel
All Of The 175 Guest Rooms Present Within The Calile Hotel Were Designed With The Guest Experience In Mind
City Based Hotels In Our Country Are Pitched To A Corporate Market, Focussed On The Conference, Rather Than On The Pool And T
Embracing Brisbane’s Humid Climate And Tropical Surrounds Became The Foundation Of What Is Australia’s First Urban Resort.
In Our Opinion There Is No Other City Based Australian Hotel Conceived As A Resort
The Architectural Considerations Were More Climactic Than Simply About The Creation Of Hero Imagery
The Unique Exterior Destines The Calile To Become One Of Australia’s Most Photogenic Buildings But For Adrian Spence
Upon Approach, One Is Immediately Transfixed By The Calile’s Distinctive Curves And Harsh Monolithic Concrete Exterior Rising

Published: 17 April, 2019

Photography Credit:  Sean Fennessy
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