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he quintessentially Melbourne watering hole
has returned from its long enforced hiatus to
once again grace Abbotsford’s Victoria Street
with its restored façade and promise of good
times and frivolity within its green walls.
A venue synonymous with fun and irreverence,
the landmark pub was earmarked for demolition and
redevelopment when it came to the attention of Sand
Hill Road owners, Matt and Andy Mullins, Tom
Birch and Doug Maskiell.
RISING FROM THE ASHES
“When we all heard the Terminus Hotel was slated
for demolition we decided then and there we had to
try and save it. Having lived in nearby Buckingham
Street for years, the Terminus was our local and it’s an
institution none of us wanted to see disappear,” says
Sand Hill Road has gained a reputation for
reinvigorating sites with interesting and dynamic
spaces, whilst keeping true to the ideals of a local pub –
and this renovation is no different. The Terminus Hotel
overhaul was particularly challenging and involved
a complete rethink from a design and construction
perspective to ensure it accurately captured the spirit
of the original venue while also providing a modern
interpretation of a Melbourne classic.
Following a number of successful creative
collaborations including the recently renovated Prahran
Hotel, Sand Hill Road once again turned to renowned
hospitality design team Techné Architects to help them
resurrect and reinvigorate the Terminus Hotel.
Sand Hill Road provided Techné Architects
director, Justin Northrop, with two criteria; the first,
to deliver a unique design that caters for today’s
patrons while also acknowledging the venue’s
illustrious past; and the second, to create a lush
garden space offering local residents respite from the
surrounding concrete jungle and a meeting place for
their family and friends.
“The venue has been almost completely dwarfed
by apartment developments in recent years and it
seemed entirely appropriate to provide a lush oasis
for patrons surrounded by the ever increasing urban
sprawl,” says Northrop.
“The challenge was creating a space that provides
an increasing level of amenity while also retaining the
much-loved character of the pub.
“The original heritage-protected façade, built
in 1923, has been restored, but the famous green
paint-job will remain. The interiors are a modern
interpretation of the original pub, with the focal point
being the art deco-inspired front bar. In contrast,
the spectacularly kitsch upstairs ‘Paris Tropical’ bar
space is a nod to the Terminus’ flamboyant history.
The circulation between the internal spaces and the
sprawling urban jungle beer garden is designed to be
continuous and allows patrons to explore the pub
and check out what else is going on throughout the
venue,” he says.
The new island public bar draws inspiration
from the art deco era with antique gloss tiles and is
connected overhead by striking copper tanks which
will pump fresh, unpasteurised Carlton Draught
directly to the glasses of thirsty locals – the next best
thing to tasting it straight from the brewery, located
only two minutes away.
A Tasmanian Oak staircase with a black steel piping
balustrade feature leads patrons to the 1920s-inspired
Paris Tropical area on level one. An assault on the
senses, this boisterous and plush bar space features a
bright yellow folded steel bar, lush jungle wallpaper
and multi-coloured furniture interspersed with booth
seating overlooking the public bar, stage and outdoor
area. The upstairs bar screams fun and with a dance
floor and DJ booth area, it’s guaranteed to be the place
to be on any given night.
KING OF THE JUNGLE
The centrepiece of the breathtaking top to bottom
redesign is undoubtedly its lush 150 square metre beer
garden with nine metre high glass ceiling and two
outdoor bars. Designed to emulate a forest canopy, the
two level ‘urban jungle’ comes complete with full sized
Waterhousea Floribunda trees and huge steel columns
set at random angles that will become a living, breathing
oasis offering patrons plenty of opportunity to chill out,
relax and soak up the unique surroundings.
“The relationship between the new beer garden
and the surrounding buildings was challenging. The
structure of the new canopy had to have a bold design
to ensure it wasn’t overshadowed by the sheer size of
OLD LADY OF
THE ‘GRAND OLD LADY’ OF ABBOTSFORD, THE TERMINUS HOTEL, IS BACK THANKS
TO THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN SAND HILL ROAD AND TECHNÉ ARCHITECTS.
FROM A DESIGN
ENSURE IT ACCURATELY
CAPTURED THE SPIRIT
OF THE ORIGINAL
VENUE WHILE ALSO
PROVIDING A MODERN
INTERPRETATION OF A
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