Novotel Melbourne South Wharf

Novotel Melbourne South Wharf

Fender Katsalidis was commissioned to design the common areas and hotel rooms at the Novotel Melbourne South Wharf, part of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion project by NH Architecture and Woods Bagot (NHWB).

The hotel tower accommodates 347 hotel rooms and suites across 20 hotel floors, health and fitness gym, café and lounge area and a public restaurant and bar with outdoor terrace looking into the city.

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Melbourne, Australia


Action Group Australia





Traditional Custodians

Wurundjeri people


  • Eat Drink Design Awards, Finalist - Best Restaurant Design, 2018

The notion of duality evident in the architecture of the building carries through into all of the hotel’s interior spaces. There is a carefully limited palette of materials, consisting of visually hard and reflective surfaces juxtaposed with softer natural materials.

FK collaborated with NHWB on the common areas, and our scope included concept, design and finishes selection for the restaurant, lounge, cafe and feature staircase. Upon entering, patrons are elevated up to a naturally illuminated skylobby reception which acts as a focal point into the hotel restaurant and bar, gym and café.

In the restaurant and bar, an exposed ceiling with feature track lighting gives the overall dining space an industrial flair, which is juxtaposed by the soft sculptural curves of the bespoke bar and greeting station. Two tones of natural stone are utilised throughout the floor to create distinct zones and intimacy in the open plan space. Timber battening wrapping around the walls provides warmth, whilst subtle brass accents speak to the gold façade.

We also produced the concept design, finishes selection and joinery design for the hotel guest rooms. They have a natural and timeless base palette, and the bespoke joinery throughout all of the rooms has been carefully considered and planned to create a home for everything. 

The rooms have generous built in luggage racks, study spaces with task lighting and mini bars with additional storage. All the components are detailed to aesthetically sit seamlessly together, with a soft palette of natural timber contrasted with stronger architectural black metal accents. 

Each bathroom features a custom formed basin with the same architectural metal accents carrying through into the vanity and illuminated mirror design.

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