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Garden State Hotel
— Melbourne

Garden State Hotel by Techne Architecture + Interior Design — Melbourne

In Melbourne's Garden State Hotel, Techne has used architectural lighting solutions to craft the mood of its many spaces, while also accentuating the interior architecture. For such a large-scale project, the lighting needed to set the tone but also tell a story.

Photos: Shannon McGrath


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Light Project Team

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Our creative vision

Light Project worked alongside Techne to imagine, plan and construct the lighting solutions that bring its many drinking and dining spaces to life.


From the entrance, the lights carry the same materiality and design intent throughout the space. Lighting varies from small, intimate settings to vast pools of light. It accents joinery and furniture, while providing a soft indirect glow to the common areas.


"I think the secret is in environments that were different but yet still felt part of the same message,” said Tom Curtis. “That message to me was level of comfort, ambient lighting, indirect solutions and intimacy, that then branched across different rooms or zones, from cocktail bar to courtyard to pub.”