Little Albion Guest House: A small Sydney hotel with a rich history

Cressida Kennedy, founder of Australian design studio Space Control – launched in 2010 – wants to tell unique stories through her interior design projects. She expresses herself through spaces that echo their locales – communicating, through their unique designs, their purpose as well as cultural, social and historic aspects.

Her latest project exemplifies that approach. Opened in July, in Surry Hills, an inner city suburb of Sydney, Little Albion Guest House is a boutique hotel designed in collaboration with designer Connie Alessi. The hotel occupies a former Federation-era convent, which dates back to 1903, and a new adjacent, angular white brick, steel and glass extension, which makes reference to the neighbouring Brutalist architecture that was developed in the latter part of the 20th century.