2018 Melbourne Design Awards

spaces, objects, visual, graphic, digital & experience design, design champion, best studio & best start-up, plus over 40 specialist categories

accelerate transformation, celebrate courage, growing demand for design



Project Overview

The regeneration of The Spanish Club heritage site will see a collection of inspired residences rising above a new vision for the cultural icon. Located in what was once Melbourne’s Spanish Quarter, the boutique development will preserve The Spanish Club’s unique history while giving back to the community it represents.

Project Commissioner

Gurner TM

Project Creator

Cornwell Design


Project Brief

Cornwell was tasked with creating the branding, creative strategy and marketing communication tools for the revival of Fitzroy’s cultural icon as it becomes part of GURNER™’s signature collection of luxury apartments.

Project Innovation/Need

While the luxury and exquisite style of GURNER™’s brand needs to shine, it was important to bring in The Spanish Club’s unique heritage into its design elements, from the subtle nod to the handmade iron chandeliers in the monogram to the use of imagery.

Design Challenge

It was also important to balance the contemporary and luxurious feel of the project, while honouring the history of the site through a respect for craftsmanship and creative solutions. Each design element referenced intricate Spanish patterns and historic forms, including an intricate gold foil monogram created as brand mark, featuring very fine line weight and beautiful curves.


This proved to be a highly successful campaign, with all apartments sold out within the first 24 hours of its launch.

This award celebrates creativity and innovation in the traditional or digital visual representation of ideas and messages. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience.
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