The Australian - Wish Magazine

Hilton’s homage, a rugged outpost, and a star is born



The 1931 Equity Chambers building on Little Queen Street in Melbourne has been reimagined as a 244room Hilton hotel by Bates Smart. The architects have restored the original features of the heritage property, and added a modern six-level extension and a 16-level tower at the back. Julian Anderson, director of Bates Smart, told Architectu­re and Design the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, which opened last month, does not step on the toes of the existing Equity Chambers site. “The new building is a restrained and respectful response, providing an elegant backdrop to the existing building,” he says. “It’s a real journey of discovery – it’s about taking heritage and opening up a piece of grand Melbourne for everyone to explore.”

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