Delivering a quietly sophisticated lobby, executive lounge and restaurant, renowned architecture firm COX Architecture transformed a dark and dated hotel lobby into a beautiful series of well-connected and related spaces that befits the status of this well-loved Perth hotel.
Award-winning multidisciplinary architectural practice COX Architecture are best known for their innovative and considered approach to design, ensuring that each project makes positive contributions to its public realm. As a part of a $45 million upgrade, COX were engaged to refurbish the entrance and lobby of Perth’s Parmelia Hilton to provide a contemporary guest arrival experience. Aligned with the Hilton brand, the interiors had to reflect the hotel’s Western Australian location and context.
With enduring, timeless design at the forefront of the transformation, Living Edge was fittingly awarded the project, assisting with the meticulous selection of furniture. Interior Design Lead, Dominique Tiller, from COX Architecture said, ‘Living Edge’s prompt, responsive service and knowledge of a broad range of products were integral to achieving the desired outcome.’ Living Edge’s shorter lead times also offered an advantage to the architects, one that is crucial in the hotel and hospitality industry when replacement pieces may be required at short notice.
With enduring, timeless design at the forefront of the transformation, Living Edge was fittingly awarded the project, assisting with the meticulous selection of furniture.
Within the entry lobby, the restrained materials palette comprised of pale stone tiling to floors and walls provided the ideal backdrop for art and furniture, such as the range of Walter Knoll Healey Lounge Chairs, Oki Occasional Round Tables, and Jaan Living Sofa. Renowned for their quality craftsmanship and innovative design, Walter Knoll furniture was the perfect complement to the space, meeting the hotel’s requirement for enduring design pieces. The selection of casual seating options in the timber-lined space and throughout the lobby caters to both individuals and groups. The custom rug design was commissioned by COX for the refurbishment, designed by Australian artist, Marion Borgelt.
In reference to the warm earth colours that define Western Australia’s landscape, the Hilton’s executive lounge was furnished with a range of Muuto and Walter Knoll pieces in rich tans and sandy beiges. Providing a space that can be utilised for both work and relaxation, COX specified a range of inviting seating options, including Walter Knoll’s Saddle and Kyo Swivel Chairs, and Muuto’s Outline 3 Seater Sofas. With slim proportions and soft, deep seats, the Outline sofa has a strong architectural presence that elevates the executive lounge. Approaching Scandinavian design from a new perspective, Muuto’s furniture is characterised by enduring aesthetics and functionality, two of the key values central to the Hilton Parmelia’s refurbishment.