The concept for the public areas at the Sage Hotel, Eastland, will draw from the principle of weaving. People are moving from the eclectic Melbourne Laneways and the city, to the wide-spanning Yarra Valley and on the journey between, others are emerging from all over the country and the world. This network of people is weaving together to form a mesh, meeting at Eastland.
The craftsmanship of weaving involves a set of intricate procedures; each of which creates an energy of movement, that is dynamic yet elegant in its own way. This dynamism can be broken down into a series of actions and motions.
Sage Hotel, Eastland is located 40 minutes and 28km from Melbourne City. It sits 33km from the Yarra Valley which places it almost half way between the two locations. Dynamic, cosmopolitan and stylish, Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital. Its stately Gold Rush–era architecture and a multicultural make-up reflect the city’s recent history, while edgy street art, great museums and trendy, well-used band venues point to its present-day personality.
Its character largely stems from its collection of inner-city suburbs. You have extravagant St Kilda to the South of the city and hip, trendy Fitzroy to the North. There are so many bars, cafes and restaurants to experience, people can be found crossing between suburbs to the latest cool venue. The city centre itself has in recent years reinvented itself with chic laneway eateries and rooftop bars opening in former industrial buildings.
With its stylish elegance, winding roads, abundant artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens, Yarra Valley holds a level of sophistication bred from a combination of the stylish city to one side, and the open wine country within. Whether its ballooning, dining or taking a cultural tour, the Yarra Valley is a refined and relaxed experience and is drawing in more than 2 million visitors annually.
Melbourne is full of variety which is integral to its culture and what people want when visiting Victoria as a state. Some examples? The Melbourne Shuffle, also known as Rocking, is a rave and club dance style that evolved in the 1980s and involves fast heel-and-toe action. It has back alleyways where it’s safe to hang out. These were an organic development arising out of the wonderfully wide streets and facilitate an incredible hive of activity and…. free beer during haircuts! Melbourne Arts Centre looks like the Eiffel Tower and the inner city/suburb connections are a mesh with trams, trains, bicycle tracks which stretch to Canberra and pedestrians who get right of way in the city centre. The soapbox on the State Library lawns is always open for whoever wants to voice themselves, or you can join an open mic night at a local pub.
Melbourne has embraced street art: it is plastered with graffiti and stencil art. World-renowned British street artist Banksy loves Melbourne and has contributed many works to the cobbled streets. Melbourne has a living history including iconic buildings, such as Flinders Street Station and the Royal Exhibition Building, built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. The city perimeters architecture is largely of Victoria era. If that isn’t enough, you can even buy a formal hat at the train station.
A throwback to a time when no gangster would be caught dead without their trilby.The nation’s first espresso machine popped up on Lygon Street, Carlton, less than half a century ago. To say it’s caught on would be an understatement. Melbourne is the coffee capital of the world today.