the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Restaurant
  4. Australia
  5. Breathe Architecture
  6. 2012
  7. Captain Melville / Breathe Architecture

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Captain Melville / Breathe Architecture

  • 01:00 - 3 July, 2013
Captain Melville / Breathe Architecture
Captain Melville / Breathe Architecture, © Andrew Wuttke
© Andrew Wuttke

© Andrew Wuttke © Andrew Wuttke © Andrew Wuttke © Andrew Wuttke + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Design Team

    Linda Valentic, Jeremy McLeod
  • Construction Team

    Ficus Constructions, Exzibit Design
  • Area

    286.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Andrew Wuttke
© Andrew Wuttke

Captain Melville is the re-invention of a dark inner city nightclub into a restaurant and bar inspired by the ghosts of the hotels first patrons.

© Andrew Wuttke
© Andrew Wuttke

Amid a colony in a state of dichotomy, 1853 saw the construction of Mac’s Hotel – one of Victoria's first licensed hotels. Settlers flooded to our shores chasing land, gold and new beginnings, while convicts railed against their injustice and the class system that created it.

In the spirit of this historic, rebel narrative, the fit-out is conceptually based on the scene of mass occupation of Australia in the 1850's by immigrants chasing gold in the Australian Gold Rush.

© Andrew Wuttke
© Andrew Wuttke

Melbourne had then grown almost over night from a tiny village into a gridded tent city. The repetition of these simple peaked forms, erected from materials on hand in the settlement and laid over the landscape, became the conceptual framework for the design and material palette.


Welling up from beneath the colony came the influence of the rebel spirit; here manifest in the tale of Captain Melville, the "Gentleman" Bushranger. Rousing a new layer of chaos and asymmetry this renegade sentiment permeates through the venue’s new identity, branding and raw materiality.

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Breathe Architecture
Cite: "Captain Melville / Breathe Architecture" 03 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.