MEAN FIDDLER HOTEL ROUSE HILL
Functioning as a hotel since the 1830s, the Georgian era Royal Oak Inn is a heritage item of state significance. It has been re-imagined as an assemblage of buildings grouped around a new internal courtyard linking a series of venues including a fine dining restaurant, function room, sports bar/entertainment venue and an adaptive re-use of a woolshed as a nightclub.
The courtyard unifies the Mean Fiddler and acts as a meeting place for the community of venues around it. A rich spatial complexity is enhanced by the subtle geometric patterning of sandstone, corten steel and recycled Australian hardwoods.
An acoustic wall buffers noise of the hotel from nearby residents. Lit from within at night, the subtle patterning within the rigid frame of the wall has become a signifier for the hotel.