Limes Hotel by Alexander Lotersztain



The Limes Hotel by Argentinian designer Alexander Lotersztain opened at the end of last month in Brisbane, Australia.


The hotel incorporates a roof-top bar and cinema and is the first Australian hotel to join the Design Hotels organisation.


Here's some info from the hotel:


First Australian member of Design Hotels opens

Designed by award-winning designer, Alexander Lotersztain, the first Australian member of Design Hotels, the Limes Hotel, opened June 27 in Brisbane.


Located in Fortitude Valley, the hub of Brisbane’s nightlife, also known for its trendy cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, in keeping with this vibrant neighbourhood, Limes has been created to include a completely open air roof top bar and roof top cinema (in hibernation until Spring).


Drawing inspiration from a lifetime of international travel, with countless hours spent in aeroplanes and hotel rooms, Alexander concentrated his design focus on the 21 rooms to cater for the independent traveller, rejecting the 5-star norms and opting to focus on guests’ primary travel requirements through unique design solutions in styled lodgings.


“Attention to detail is reflected in my design choices, which are understated yet buzzing with the contemporary energy of Brisbane and the Valley surrounds,” Alexander said.


The rooms feature custom Corian (by Dupont) kitchen benches and toilette vanities, Blackbutt timber bed heads, custom powder coat aluminium door handles, splash-back and floating bedside tables, Luna Textiles curtains and bathroom wall tiles by Bisazza. Each room has an individually hand painted feature wall created by using a mineral coating technique (Julien Fantone, Idea Creations).


“The Limes concept is an emphasis on the essentials to make a pleasing and at times novel experience, whether staying for a night, a drink, a movie or all of the above,” Alexander said.


Where design permitted, mundane items such as rubbish bins and cables are minimised or completely hidden. This not only makes the room look cleaner and visually clearer, but also from a practical aspect, makes the servicing of the room more efficient.


“I wanted to make Limes a design experience, however stripped of the associated design ideals of something unattainable. I shifted the design focus to make the guest feel special, yet not afraid of jumping into the bed like it was their own.”

Limes is a stunning yet simple urban retreat, and throughout all facets of the hotel from the rooms to the roof top bar and cinema, Alexander has created a modern and warm atmosphere unencumbered by excessive ornamentation.

“I decided to view the hotel in its absolute entirety – considering the intended look and feel, and paying heavy attention to the interiors, furniture, surfaces and finishes, as well as extending my design influence to Limes’ music and drinks list. I went on to give the Limes a “face” by tangibly branding the hotel through its facade – an extension of the Limes logo on a gross scale. By leaving no facet of the hotel to chance, one feels what I can only describe as the “spirit” of Limes when in its presence. A strong feeling within the doors of Limes and a residual impact realised on returning home.”

Posted on Friday July 11th 2008 at 12:19 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Michael

    Finally, some material sensuality. I’ll be booking my flight to Brisbane shortly. The one room layout feels cramped with the hanging TV and narrow space between bed and wall. I wonder what sorts of solutions would work here. The façade feels extremely chic yet offers guests a little privacy. That seems like a good balance between open and closed. My only real complaint are the 3 apples. Could those have been, limes?

  • ujo

    very nice, the front facade estructure seems very light. Besides the strange white tent at rooftop terrace, the hole project is nice.

  • Honkie

    The rooms look small but the details look great and the bar area is fabulous. Much more subtle and original than many other design hotels i have seen or stayed in lately.

  • Tyler

    A very dynamic and exciting, yet understated design. My only concern is the context. Is that a single family home I see to the right of it?

    • accademia5

      Being in Queensland. The house next to it is one of many ugly Queenslanders that the locals so adore , but being in the inner city it more than likely planned for demolition or removal for further development.

      • QLDR

        As a Queenslander (person from Queensland) I appreciate these Queensland houses very much. Unlike the hotel above Queensland houses are vernacular architecture at its best. It incorporates elements that is needed in subtropical climate. It is unlikely that it will be demolished as most Queensland houses are protected under the local government.

  • Beautifully designed!

  • edward

    As mentioned the rooms seem just a teeny bit two narrow but the rooftop facilities make up for it…in season. Impeccable taste in details. But I always wonder when the exterior photos are all taken at night

  • Fantastic cover-design!

  • JImmy


  • joe

    can anyone say contextual relationship. Look how this monster sits up against the frail little timber houses that surround it. Ignorant, pretentious and irresponsible.

  • edward

    “contextual relationship”

    Check the pic of the roof top and the surrounding buildings. The guy in the
    frail timber house is just waiting for the right moment to cash out.

  • DanArch

    The treatment of the facade has a very strong resemblance to a design by Vincent Callebaut for, mind you, a hotel in Brussels. In the design by Callebaut I see a more refined use of the shapes and spacing of the openings, with a gradual changing in density over the total height of the facade. This causes a different view for each room. Just check out

  • the big black & white zebra

    why can’t you do graphics that welll – lol

  • mike

    facade isn’t original (at least formally speaking- maybe tectonically)- toyo ito’s Mikimoto store? among others in tokyo..
    thats not to say it doesn’t work well.

  • xtiaan

    just cos you put organic holes in the facade of an ugly box, it does not therefore make it anything other than an ugly box

    the rest of it is so much wallpaper

  • Ryan

    seen it, its dreadful worse during the day.

  • Just beautiful and stylish.

  • day

    perfect space management +cool design

  • cool skin for a plain jane – the exterior on this project makes the whole design


    nothing original here just a collection of other peoples ideas rehashed – do your research, credit your inspiration and be original!

  • orod

    this disorder as a skeen of the architecture is fantastic

  • design police

    What is going on – it isn’t ethical for people posing as designers not to acknowledge when they have copied the ideas of more talented designers. Where are the design police? Disappointing that people don’t appreciate the true design heros! If you want to see the ‘original’ hotel that looks just like this one visit, also mentioned above.

  • Andrea

    Never mind the design – fundamentals for hotels is they need to be comfy right! I stayed at the Limes one weekend, and it was lovely except for the fact that when you go to bed early you have to keep the windows shut because of the beat from the music of the roof bar, which is not so great if you don’t want to sleep with Aircon on…..that and drunken people moving through your hotel is always a turn off.

  • daniel

    nice work, but one additional idea:
    first floor: one apple, second floor: two apples… and so on :-)

  • Matt

    It seems to be lost in the middle of familiar houses…A black box with shut windows…If they want to explore the local view to the visitors, why did they shut the window with non sense shapes? Or worse…to critisize the regular window, why not make a diferent one? why just glue a shape on it? strange and confusing…a regular black ugly box with "cute" furniture..