Australian studio Alexander & Co has added wood furnishings and a caged rattan ceiling to the previously austere inside of this Italian restaurant in Sydney.
Glorietta occupies a ground-level unit of a just lately accomplished tower within the bustling enterprise district of North Sydney.
The 220-cover restaurant has been designed by Alexander & Co to characteristic an array of inviting supplies – an entire distinction to its “chilly and industrial” structural shell, which had been dominated by glass surfaces.
“It was undoubtedly a key problem, the concept of making historical past and heritage from a model new factor,” mentioned the studio’s founder, Jeremy Bull, “of making an attempt to inform a narrative with nothing outdated to work with, in a cost-sensitive and house delicate manner, and to create a newfound sense of place and never a industrial lobby.”
The studio started by establishing convivial teams of seating. Down the centre of the double-height eating room runs a collection of huge communal tables – a few of them are crafted from slabs of timber, whereas others characteristic cherry-red counter tops.
They sit immediately beneath the “cloudscape” that the studio has created throughout the ceiling, utilizing rounded rattan cages which conceal the present metallic panelling.
Every desk is accompanied by a mixture of low-lying benches and bentwood chairs. There are additionally sofas with woven cane backrests, dressed with a mixture of mustard-yellow, teal-blue and child pink cushions.
A snug green-leather banquette runs down the periphery of the restaurant. It sits immediately in entrance of an expansive glass wall, its look softened by pale gauzy curtains.
Close by sits an olive tree and a few leafy crops in terracotta pots.
“We had a thousand reference photographs of regional Italy,” Bull instructed Dezeen.
“Our imaginative and prescient was to create a heat agricultural ancestry and tone, evocative of a deep love and appreciation for excellent meals and wine and the joyous social interplay accompanying that.”
Diners may also decide to take a seat across the extra informal wood excessive tables, or on the row of wicker stool seats which have been positioned in entrance of the open kitchen.
Some will have the ability to get a glimpse of their orders being cooked up within the pizza oven, which has been painted with summary shapes.
Beneath one of many restaurant’s modern artworks is an extra eating space for intimate teams of three of 4 visitors, centred by a creamy stone desk.
On the rear of the room, there is a wood-lined drinks bar the place bottles of Italian spirits and liquors are overtly displayed on an elevated shelf.
The studio additionally employed completely different flooring supplies to loosely divide areas of the restaurant.
Components of the ground have been clad with timber boards, whereas others have been inlaid with stone offcuts or smoothed over with polished concrete.
Glorietta is the most recent venture to be accomplished by Alexander & Co, which was based again in 2016.
Different latest work by the studio consists of Burleigh Heads Pavilion, a eating spot in Brisbane with sunny interiors, and The Imperial, a restaurant in Sydney that is meant to evoke the light opulence of a forgotten palace.
Images is by Anson Good.