After the devastation of the Black Saturday bushfires that swept through the town of Marysville in 2009, virtually only one building in the town was left standing. The Tower Motel survived.

Project Name: The Tower Bar
Studio Name: Mcmahon and nerlich
Location: Marysville, Australia
Photography: Superk Photo

The Tower Bar by mcmahon and nerlich - Sheet1
Bar Space ©Superk Photo

Whilst the physical loss of the historic and fine-grained fabric of the town was devastating, council together with the state government set about creating an Urban Design Framework to guide the rebuilding and seek to frame the guidelines as an opportunity to rebuild Marysville as “a safer, more sustainable town; a town with a distinctive character and a high quality environment…”.

The Tower Bar by mcmahon and nerlich - Sheet2
Fireplace ©Superk Photo

With an incredibly tight budget this tiny building intervention had a remarkable and transformative affect on the motel and the town at the beginnings of the rebuilding effort and continues to endure in the shadow of a giant conference centre development opposite.

The Tower Bar by mcmahon and nerlich - Sheet3
Exterior View ©Superk Photo

 

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