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Famous Grouse Hotel
Gerald Street, Lincoln
There has only ever been one pub in Lincoln, and it has stood in the same spot, plus or minus a few metres, for over 140 years. Such was its connection to the town, that when the building was condemned after the devastating earthquake of September 4, 2010, the subsequent demolition was in front of an emotional crowd of locals.
Designing the replacement of such an icon presented the architect an array of challenges, particularly how to respect the character of the old building without detracting from it with mimicry. The final form was inspired by rural homestead design with steep pitched roofs and gable ends, and a strong relationship with the street corner reinforced with rows of windows, horizontal bands of building materials, and flanking entries.
The material and colour palette plays a vital role in reuniting the new structure with the history of the area. Bricks for the plinth were recycled from the original building, exposed stonework was sourced from the Canterbury Plains and timber cladding to the gable ends was detailed in reflection of traditional villas. Crisp terracotta tiles and smooth concrete contrast these elements in a modern interpretation of the hotel’s previous construction.
The traditional creamy hues of Resene Pearl Lusta and Resene Quarter Linen are used internally to provide a backdrop for striking carpet, wallpaper and Resene Double Felix feature panels. Resene Woodsman stain tinted to Resene Treehouse on internal timber surfaces adds a rustic charm to the bar and hotel areas. Outside, Resene Blackout and Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream complement the mix of traditional and modern surfaces.
Calling on a full range of paints, stains, wallpaper and curtains material, Resene’s extensive inventory and own strong New Zealand history made them a natural choice to partner in the rebuilding of The Famous Grouse Hotel. Restaurant wallpapered walls are dressed with Resene wallpaper A946153, the upstairs hallway in Resene wallpapers A946183, A946175 and hotel room feature walls in Resene wallpaper A946172. Resene Diva Flax and Resene Beyond Flame from the Resene Curtain Collection complete the hotel room palette.
The Famous Grouse Hotel now stands reopened providing bar, restaurant and accommodation services to Lincoln once more, and has been embraced as a symbol of the town’s resilience in hard times.
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