The Lakes Hotel

The Lakes Hotel has been welcoming local customers and tourists with open arms for over 80 years, first established in 1940. They have been inspired by the laidback lifestyle of The Entrance, as well as the beaches, bays, and waterways, and are all about enjoying the simple things in life.

The hotel has multiple sister venues which include Hotel Gosford, Hotel Jesmond, The Banjo Patterson Inn, and Jindabyne. As some of it’s sisters have been recently refurnished, it was time for The Lakes Hotel to take the spotlight, and who better to trust than the designers who have overseen the recent renovations at these venues.

Bergstrom Architects have taken inspiration from the region’s history, beloved beach culture and the existing art deco architecture of the venue, and have modernised it into a now casual and contemporary pub, while keeping the same familiar warmth of hospitality the venue has always shown.

Bergstrom Architects entrusted Identity Furniture to collaboratively design, build and deliver 340 custom pieces of furniture.

Designed by Bergstrom Architects

Photography courtesy of Isaac Tseng

Hotel Gosford

Hotel Gosford has served the NSW Central Coast for close to a century, having been first established in 1926.

Purchasing the hotel in 1998 from the original family-run owners, Harris Narvo Hotels envisioned a 1920’s inspired transformation of the venue for the future. It would, however, take close to two decades for these plans to come to fruition. When the opportunity arose, Harris Narvo Hotels selected Bergstrom Architects to refurbish the venue over an eighteen-month period.

Bergstrom’s interpretation of Harris Narvo Hotel’s vision blended roaring twenties flair with a contemporary look. The vision also expanded upon the original heritage-listed structure to feature a new 6-metre tall partial enclosure of the outdoor terrace enabling a larger Saloon, Main Dining Area, and VIP Lounge.

Working closely with Bergstrom Architects, Identity Furniture assisted in designing furniture pieces that featured rich dark timbers, brass highlights, and alluring blue accents that inhabited feature tiled inlays and contrast upholstery, giving the space a roaring twenties atmosphere. Coupled with the internal structure’s exposed brick, matte steel finishes, and concreted surfaces, the refurbishment harmonised a contemporary feel with a roaring twenties ambience. Patreons of Hotel Gosford raved about the transformation complimenting the new look as “amazing and unrecognisable” from the previous venue, “breathing so much more life into the Gosford CBD”.

Bergstrom Architects entrusted Identity Furniture to collaboratively design, build and deliver 265 highly custom pieces of furniture. Our extensive custom work included:

• Nexia Tiled Drybars with a Walnut stained Victorian Ash tabletop, veneer inlay, brass detail, and a custom tile inlay with Surface Gallery Apex Cobalt tiles and charcoal epoxy grout.

• Nexia Tiled Drybars with a Walnut stained Victorian Ash tabletop, veneer inlay, brass detail, and a custom tile inlay with Surface Gallery Apex Cobalt tiles and charcoal epoxy grout.

• Nexia Tiled Round Drybars with a Walnut stained Victorian Ash tabletop, veneer inlay, brass detail, and a custom tile inlay with Teranova Tiles Bounty Series white tiles and charcoal epoxy grout.

• Captain Tiled Tables with a Walnut stained Victorian Ash base and solid edge, veneer inlay, brass detail and custom tile inlay with Skheme Dito White Gloss tiles and charcoal epoxy grout.

• Perry Outdoor Drybars with an outdoor oiled slatted Spotted Gum tabletop, custom end slats with countersunk feature screws and a steel base zinc-plated and powdercoated in matte black.

• Caesar Low Tables with a Polytec Calacutta D’Oro Xenolith top with double fine edge secured to a steel base powdercoated in matte black.

• Bold 4752 Square Tables with a Walnut stained Victorian Ash solid edge, veneer inlay and brass detail secured to a steel frame powdercoated in black.

• Bold 4752 Round Tables with a Walnut stained Victorian Ash solid edge, veneer inlay and brass detail secured to a steel frame powdercoated in black.

• Bold 4758 Twin Tables with a Walnut stained Victorian Ash solid edge, veneer inlay and brass detail secured to a steel frame powdercoated in black.

• Bold 4758 Outdoor Twin Tables with a slatted Spotted Gum tabletop with an outdoor oiled finish, custom end slats with counter sunk feature screws and a cast iron base powdercoated in black.

• Custom Baroque Booth Seats with inner seat upholstered in Baresque Abilene Walnut vinyl and backrest upholstered in Baresque San Remo Bourbon vinyl, with a tubular steel frame powdercoated in matte black.

• Zero Barstools with an outdoor oiled slatted Spotted Gum seat secured to a zinc-plated steel frame powdercoated in matte black.

• Annette Tub Chairs with walnut stained European Beech legs and inner seat upholstered in Materialised Santa Fe Saddle Bag fabric and outer back upholstered in Materialised Crypton Mia Fawn fabric.

• Naika Chairs with a solid European back stained in Walnut, upholstered seat pad in Wortley Marlo Auro vinyl, and steel frame powdercoated in matte black.

• Manu 4 Armchairs with a cold moulded urethane shell fully upholstered in Materialised Hayden Field fabric with a steel 4-leg frame powdercoated in matte black.

• Manu 4 Armchairs with a cold moulded urethane shell fully upholstered in Materialised Hayden Autumn fabric with a steel 4-leg frame powdercoated in matte black.

• Stecca Chairs with an aluminium tube frame and slats powdercoated in blue.

• Stecca Armchairs with an aluminium tube frame and slats powdercoated in blue.

• Naika Chairs with a solid European back stained in Walnut, upholstered seat pad in Wortley Marlo Molasses vinyl, and steel frame powdercoated in matte black.

• Naika Spindle Chairs with a solid European back stained in Walnut, upholstered seat pad in Wortley Marlo Auro vinyl, and steel frame powdercoated in matte black.

• Naika Spindle Chairs with a solid European back stained in Walnut, upholstered seat pad in Wortley Marlo Russet vinyl, and steel frame powdercoated in matte black.

• Naika Vintage Barchairs with Walnut stained European beech, double padded seat and back upholstered in Wortley Marlo Molasses vinyl with steel stud detailing.

• Naika Vintage Barchairs with Walnut stained European beech, double padded seat and back upholstered in Wortley Marlo Russet vinyl with steel stud detailing.

• Naika Vintage Barstools with Walnut stained European beech, double padded seat and back upholstered in Wortley Marlo Auro vinyl with steel stud detailing.

• Naika Vintage Barstools with Walnut stained European beech, double padded seat and back upholstered in Wortley Marlo Russet vinyl with steel stud detailing.

• Custom booth seat backboards upholstered in vinyl.

Designed by Bergstrom Architects

Photography by Murray Fredericks