Calile Hotel designers behind Byron Bay bolthole

An artist render of The Barbotine at Byron Bay

The architects behind Brisbane’s uber-stylish Calile Hotel will bring their design vision to a new development in Byron Bay.

The Barbotine comprises luxury hotel-style residences along with a mix of retail, wellness and dining venues over three low-rise levels with a central courtyard, located on Jonson St in the heart of the northern NSW holiday hotspot.

Developer Podia engaged Brisbane-based architects Richards and Spence for the project, which will showcase their contemporary Brutalist style with a tropical edge — most famously portrayed at the celebrity-favourite Calile, which opened in 2018.

The development will include 41 hotel-style residences

The Barbotine will include 41 two, three and four-bedroom “hotel-apartments”, available to purchase for investors looking to own a part-time Byron Bay retreat which can be holiday let when not in use.

The larger sized apartments have been designed with dual-key access, allowing owners to cater for larger groups of guests or even split the residence in two to rent out one part while they stay in the other.

Podia director Michael Grassi said The Barbotine was a new concept for flexible accommodation with the service of a boutique luxury hotel.

Two, three and four-bedroom apartments are available


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“The Barbotine intentionally redefines the hotel experience and curates an unforgettable destination in Byron Bay that can be enjoyed by everyone,” Mr Grassi said.

The hotel will be managed by luxury operators Jeremy and Jones and is expected to deliver a new style of guest experience for the town.

“This is apartment living delivered through the lens of a hotelier. Not only will guests enjoy the kind of luxury personalisation you’d expect of a hotel, but owners visiting for the weekend benefit from a concierge they can instruct from afar to have a surfboard tucked away in their room ready for their arrival,” Jeremy and Jones director Jeremy Holmes said.

The development is centred around a large public retail courtyard which will feature cascading greenery, lawns, outdoor seating and light-filled walkways.

The rooftop pool

Richards and Spence founders Adrian Spence and Ingrid Richards

Richards and Spence co-director Ingrid Richards said The Barbotine’s design also referenced local heritage, inspired by historic buildings such as the Great Northern Hotel and Timperley’s Corner.

“We’ve sought to create a sustainable and conscious building that celebrates its iconic location and is inspired by Byron Shire’s historic urban fabric,” Ms Richards said.

“We want this to be a true local destination, one that supports the arts and channels the creative culture that characterises Byron Bay.

“The contemporary architectural approach will create a strong identity to mark the arrival into the south Jonson St precinct. A cluster of boutique retail tenancies and food and beverage uses will bring the ground floor to life, while the central courtyard provides a unique experience of a vertical landscape to encourage shared activities between visitors and guests,” she said.

It’s designed by the artchitects behind Brisbane’s Calile Hotel

The Calile is an urban oasis favoured by fashion types and celebrities including director Baz Luhrmann

The three-level brick form is offset with pre-cast and off-form concrete along with striking glazing and stone paving throughout, while generous balconies create articulation along the façade and solid balustrades deliver privacy.

Guests and owners can retreat to the building’s communal rooftop with a swimming pool set amid landscaped surrounds.

Expressions of interest are open for the project, with construction expected to commence mid-year and finish late 2023.

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