Retractable Roof Transforms Sydney Hotel

About this project

Boldly going where no hotel has gone before

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The Rose of Australia Hotel is in the heart of Sydney’s inner city suburb of Erskineville was established in the 1874. The site provided a perfect challenge to push the adaptable and customising capabilities of our Aalta team. Who would have thought almost 150 years ago that the roof covering this structure would be a retractable roof!

The designers stripped back the walls and fittings to expose the original brickwork, timbers and pipes to give it a rustic, urban feel. The internal garden walls and outdoor furnishings, with the bold striped cushions and colourful fabrics have created a playful and fun atmosphere. The result is a funky space that invites its eclectic mix of locals and guests not to take city life too seriously but to enjoy the good food and cocktails that it is renowned for.

In its final stages of refurbishment, the proprietors needed to address the issue of providing protection from the weather in the outdoor area.

The Brief:

  1. To remove the existing curved metal roof and replace it with a retractable curved awning
  2. To create an open courtyard for fine weather but to have the option to close it off in bad weather
  3. The system was to be manually operated to avoid any complications associated with motorisation
  4. The system had to be easily operated by one person only
  5. The system had to complement the existing fit-out

How Aalta addressed the brief:

  1. Based on the Patio awning, a custom-designed curved retractable roofwas manufactured to follow the existing roof line of the curved metal roof, which was to be removed. This was achieved by using intermediate rollers to curve the fabric, which is kept under spring tension, giving the fabric rigidity to shed water.
  2. The courtyard was covered with a Liberty retractable roof following the steep incline of the building. The fabric stacks at the bottom of the incline, rather than up the top so that it does not interrupt the continuity of the two awnings.
  3. Both retractable roof systems are traditionally manufactured as motorised awnings. Aalta redesigned them to be crank operated.
  4. Removing the motors and installing worm drive gear boxes with a ratio of eight to one, enabled the roofs to be easily operated by one person.
  5. Bold yellow and white striped PVC coated polyester fabric was chosen to complement the existing fit-out and to create a water proof structure so that the hotel’s guests could use the space even on a rainy day!

The result:

Two bespoke, custom-designed and made awnings were coupled together, enhancing the hotel’s use of the outdoor area, without closing it in.

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Retractable Roofs Sydney

Original metal curved roof to be replaced by curved retractable roof

Rose Hotel3Design concept drawings for clients including curved retractable awning and retractable roof

Do you want to transform your Hotel?

Bold stripes, a curved awning and a manual roof system transforms this rustic-urban hotel in Sydney’s inner west. Get in contact with Sydney’s leading Retractable Roof specialists!


17 February, 2017