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The Rezz Hotel

Newton, South Australia


DNI Consulting Engineers was engaged by Studio Nine on behalf of the owner. The project included a complete rebuild of a suburban hotel, creating a diverse, community-focused and family-friendly offering. The brief called for an outcome that wasn’t your typical ‘pub’ but a venue experience. With consideration of the heritage of the owners, the design encapsulates a Mediterranean look and feel and atmosphere utilising natural materials such as rendered walls, face bricks, arches and slate paving throughout.

The venue was designed to expand on the current demographic, encompassing a range of new offerings throughout for any occasion. The bistro, tapas/cocktail bar, delicatessen, sports bar, restaurant/function space, business pods and kids' play centre are tied together through a central internal ‘piazza’. The siting of the building was elevated to overlook the adjacent Thorndon Park, incorporating large outdoor grassed areas for dining and play, adding to the overall experience.

DNI Engineering provided civil and structural design documentation as well as construction assistance. This included site inspections, shop drawing reviews and continuous engineering advisory.

The above photos were supplied by Studio Nine.

Project Highlights

  • The footing design was challenging due to dealing with the soil profile encountered on site - a very reactive clay layer at shallow depth overlying rock profile.

  • There were challenges in designing the curved brick feature walling with arched openings which was predominant in the design.

  • A staged construction was required to enable portion of the existing hotel to remain operational during the first part of construction, then demo of the existing hotel needed to be completed as part of stage two.

  • The potential for future growth was also taken into consideration so an allowance has been made for future second level over the existing ground structure.

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