Amid a suite of heritage and inter-war buildings in Sydney’s Surry Hills, Paramount House Hotel occupies a 3-storey 1930s brick warehouse, adjacent to the historic Paramount House (c.1940s). Completing an irregular city block once associated with film pioneers Paramount Pictures Studio, and 20th Century Fox Film Association, the hotel celebrates its historic context. Paramount House Hotel is a gilded nod to this former filmic glory of its surrounds. Another story, another layer of patina, another life and time. The conceptual approach was about marrying these two ideas - the artefact and ornament. It’s an idea about expressing everything that was old, and true and honest and raw, about the existing warehouse; and capturing the spirit and excitement of the golden era of film. A former film vault is repurposed for the reception lounge, the overlap with the creative and active program of the Paramount Pictures Building. A hidden, light filled atrium space is where the two buildings meet. Where a weary traveller can feel welcomed, looked after and rejuvenate under the daylight.
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