Recently on our radar for its candy-colored interiors and inventive mix of plywood, caning, cork, and sheer linen curtains:
The Calile Hotel in Australia. Designed by architecture firm Richards & Spence, it’s more Mexico City than Brisbane. Take a look:
Above: Though it’s situated in the center of Brisbane, the firm took cues from Mexico City and Miami to create a colorful urban retreat. Case in point: an architectural roof deck, painted a Luis Barragán-esque salmon pink. Above: The hotel’s library, with caned seating and floor-to-ceiling plywood shelving. (For more about using plywood as a design element, see Remodeling 101: A Plywood Primer and 10 Favorites: The Unexpected Appeal of Plywood.) Above: Sheer curtains throughout the hotel—hung floor to ceiling, along windows and walls alike—soften the hard angles and materials, as do circular rugs. (For another project that uses sheer panels to great effect, see A Luminous, Euro-Style Row House in Washington, DC, Courtesy of Studio Oink.) Above: An Essential Room, with monochrome pale pink on the walls and simple white glass wall fixtures. Note the ceiling, in a darker shade of grey. Above: In each guest room, the floors and lower half of the walls are paneled in cork. An inventive small-space idea, shown here in an Urban Terrace Room: a plywood built-in serves both as clothing storage and as a divider between bedroom and ensuite bath (on the bathroom side, the plywood is fronted with mirrors). The panels slide to allow openness between the rooms. Above: A monochrome green bathroom in a City View room. Note the mirror on tracks at right, the other side of a plywood built-in. Above: Marble and tile in one of the hotel’s blue-hued baths. Above: The hotel’s on-site spa, the Kalio Wellness MediSpa, is dressed in gradients of pink, from the tile floors to the pale walls. Also available to guests: a Greek restaurant, a lobby bar, several shops, a pool, and a fitness center, also designed by the architects.
Take palette inspiration from a few more boldly colored hotels: