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Chic, Cool, Collins

Adelaide’s cocktail scene has received a dramatic boost with the arrival of the The Collins bar, a richly detailed and moodily atmospheric locale.

Project architects Woods Bagot were presented with a brief to create a world-class bar and re-energise a landmark corner in the Adelaide CBD to entice both international and interstate visitors as well as locals. Furthermore, as the first stage in a whole ground floor master plan for the Hilton hotel, the resulting space had to sustain the aesthetics and tone of its broader context.

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The site prior “The Collins” was a prominent bar in the 80’s/90’s called Charlie’s Bar, a highly popular local institution that still holds a soft spot in the heart of the local community. This was doubled to incorporate a separate club lounge in addition to the exiting front bar.

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The bespoke nature of the design elements, for instance the central tables and feature door handles by Simon Zappia from Aura Objects, make The Collins a rich and timeless establishment that underscores the prestige of the Hilton brand.

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The textured, coherent material palette of stained, wire-brushed pine battens, Pietra grey marble, brass ceiling Fins, smoked mirror, black leather panels and custom carpet speaks to the discernment and attention to detail of the designers, and provides a compelling visual and tactile environment.

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The Collins
thecollins.com.au

Woods Bagot
woodsbagot.com

Photography: Peter Clarke
peterclarke.com.au

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