Atelier Ace has announced Flack Studio as the primary design partner for Ace Hotel Sydney, opening early 2022. Housed in Surry Hills’ historic Tyne House brick factory—the site of one of Australia’s first ceramic kilns—the 264-room hotel marks Ace’s first stake in the Southern Hemisphere. The hotel will include a ground floor restaurant, bar and cafe in the hotel’s communal lobby, and a restaurant and bar on the rooftop.
Inspired by the rich history of Surry Hills and the warm, cinematic color palette of the Australian landscape, the design of Ace Hotel Sydney acts as a call and response with the city’s past superimposing its eras and evolutions in a contrast of natural textures and tones. From the razor gang wars and underground liquor trade of the 1920s and 1930s, the modernist art boon of the 1960s, and through to the Gay Solidarity Group protests of the 1970s, the neighborhood has long served as home to the most trailblazing and resilient voices of modern Australia—a culture coalesced from Surry Hills’ vibrant migrant communities. Flack Studio embraced organic materials to create spaces honest to this history, from the acoustic textural straw walls of the hotel’s guestrooms to the ochre red off-form concrete staircase in the lobby.
Photo: Anson Smart