Brisbane Hotel Renovation

Taylor Robinson
Highgate, Perth

Pub renovations are the most controversial of building work. As the regulars’ nostalgic affection for beer-soaked carpets and cigarette burns on the bar competes with the owner’s hope for a glitzy renewal and a trendier crowd, the debate seems to expose a faultline in our idea of the local pub. History and tradition comes up against fashion and polish; the old and dirty claims precedence over the new and soulless. And everywhere, the debate becomes about whom the pub is there for, and how the building will reflect their claims on its soul.