Luxury Hospitality

Rialto Intercontinental Hotel Melbourne, Australia

Rialto Intercontinental Hotel

Melbourne, Australia


Buchan created a new identity and design for a major upgrade of The Rialto Intercontinental Hotel in Melbourne.

Our approach combines modern design with existing heritage elements to create a common design language, carried through the hotel front-of-house public areas and room suites.

The wow factor upon arrival at the hotel foyer is the atrium. The feature staircase, in its zinc and glass cladding, is a significant architectural element in the atrium. The design features new connections to the entrances. A series of new retail tenancies are also included.

The hotel main restaurant and bar are accessible via the grand staircase and the hotel lifts. The bar design concept is a wine cellar, with the main counter in black zinc cladding and colour glass finished lit back bar unit as a focal point. A central communal table made from recycled timber and plush leather sofas evoke a club feel.

The restaurant design takes the form of a European Brasserie, with open planned table setting and leather upholstered banquette seats. The atrium is sun-drenched during the day. In the evening, the dining mood is cosy, enhanced by custom lighting.

Buchan worked with project interior designer Joseph Pang.


  • Client /Eureka Funds Management
  • Discipline /AR
  • Sector /Hotels & Hospitality
  • Region /Australia
  • Team / Harvey Male, David Forbes, Aleksander Borek
  • Awards / Winner of the Tourism and Leisure Developments Category, Property Council of Australia Awards 2010, Australian Hotel Architecture, Design and Development Awards for Best Refurbishment and Best Interior Design