KWD on Location: The Intercontinental Double Bay, Restored Excellence

Located in Double Bay Sydney, the InterContinental brings the former Ritz Carlton site back to life. After being closed down several years ago, developers were eager to knock the place down, yet as many feared the existing building would be converted into apartments, their plans were consistently rejected by the local council. That is until Peter Wilding, the managing director of Royal Hotels Australia, set his eyes on the site and grabbed the chance to restore the hotel to its former glory. Classic-Guest-Room In order to make his vision come to life, Wilding worked with Bates Smart Architects to conserve the hotel’s iconic features such as the original Italian white marble and grey green marble fireplaces, whilst incorporating modern design for a new take on the beautiful old site. InterContinental-Sydney-Double-Bay-5 The Stillery houses a seven-metre-long marble and leather-clad bar with a collection of gins from locally crafted spirits to rare imported bottles. intercontinental-sydney-double-bay-stillery The rooftop pool, lounge and bar with its private cabanas and harbour views also offers outdoor dining. Rooftop-Bar-resize The hotel has just one restaurant, Stockroom, with two dining spaces – a spaciously smart-casual dining area and a European pantry-style internal room, featuring bar stools at marble-topped chef’s tables. KWD endorses all of the finishes in this stunning restoration, from the heavily patterned carpet, dark European Oak timber flooring, monochrome mosaics, substantial use of marble, and exquisite fabrics.  KWD has many of these finishes available for your own project, whether that be a commercial building, or residential home. Stockroom-and-Pantry-InterContinental-Sydney-Double-Bay

 If you would like to discuss your own project with us please call

Kate Walker at KWD on 0422 425 523.


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KWD has grown from a team of two in 2013 to a dynamic group of ten professionals who all contribute to the successful consultancy we have created. Growing up in a family with a mother as an Interior Designer and a father as a successful Ceramic Tile Merchant, it's no wonder I entered the world of design. At Kate Walker Design (KWD), our primary focus is to specify, source and supply stone, tiles and all other hard finishes into projects across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, but also interstate and internationally. We embrace a consultative approach and develop lasting relationships with each and every client. It’s what the KWD team knows and loves. “Design is not a thing we do. It’s our way of life.” Kate Walker

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