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First look: Sydney’s hip Old Clare Hotel

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The first images of Unlisted Collection’s Old Clare Hotel in Sydney have been released as the property readies for an August 2015 opening.

The Carlton United Brewery (CUB) Administration Building and historically rich Clare Hotel have been brought together in an adapted conversion, creating a design-led offering with an authentic and semi-industrial feel.

The Old Clare Hotel will rework traditions around exceptional hospitality while providing personalised service in an unpretentious setting.

A total of 62 rooms and suites (range: 26.02 m2 to 105.93 m2) will feature soaring ceilings with heritage timber paneling and original exposed walls. The hotel’s reception will come complete with a bar and lounge space, located within the original pub area of the Clare Hotel, retaining elements of its own intriguing history.

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The rooftop of the CUB Administration Building has been redeveloped and will offer a panoramic retreat to relish in eating, drinking, swimming and relaxing.

High above Sydney’s thriving creative district, guests will be invited to join a cultural program, or welcome the day with a sunrise poolside yoga session.

Additional facilities at The Old Clare Hotel are to include a private gym and day spa, as well as a heritage restored meeting space.

This urban environment is the design of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, known for their work with existing structures and the introduction of the past as ‘a compilation of time’.

The practice has worked on standout Sydney structures including the nearby Carriageworks Arts Centre and Paddington Reservoir

“It‘s a hotel stitched together from three structures two old and one new,” said Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects Practice Director, Tim Greer

“It’s unpredictable, with a bit of magic and a twist of fantasy. When you walk around the hotel, you will get a sense that the building is dressing and undressing itself all at once.

The building plays games with what a hotel should be, some parts are exquisite and other parts are raw. In short, [it’s] a building of mixed emotions… the Old Clare Hotel will appeal to anybody with a sense of adventure, who likes comfort and fabulous food.”

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In collaboration with Unlisted Collection, three independent restaurants are opening at the Old Clare and they will provide a plethora of unique dining experiences.

Long-time partner of Unlisted Collection, internationally renowned British chef Jason Atherton will open his first Australian venue, Kensington Street Social, an 118-seat space offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Atherton will provide direction over the Old Clare Hotel’s special breakfast offering, room service menu and menu curation for both the rooftop pool space and lobby bar.

Clayton Wells, formerly of Momofuku Seiobo and Quay restaurants in Sydney, will open his first restaurant, Automata, on Kensington Street and Sam Miller, former executive sous chef at S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant Noma, will also open his first solo restaurant, Silvereye, on the second floor of The Clare building.

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