For this project H&E were tasked with designing an ambitious Spanish tapas style restaurant, on a tight budget, within the basement of the prestigious heritage-listed 350 George Street building.
Close collaboration and a shared vision with the base building heritage architects, TKD Architects, helped craft a sensitive and skillful response to the building fabric. It was through this partnership that a section of brick wall was removed to reveal the dramatic main building staircase, and this undeniably drove the resulting design and spatial planning.
A stripped back palette of polished concrete, luxurious leathers, timber battened walls, dark timbers, brass hexagonal bar & black steel detailing reflecting the intricacy of the original column details, tied the offer, concept and building together, enhancing rather than competing with the beautiful bronze gold & marble stair. Statement light fixtures were handcrafted to create a distinctive, opulent ambiance and were custom designed along with Australian designer Articolo Architectural Lighting.
The challenge of shoe horning in a functional kitchen, whilst maintaining patron numbers, within a heritage building was successfully achieved despite the added complication of delivering and installing unique kitchen equipment such as the rotisserie.
350 George Street is an excellent example of how H&E’s heritage expertise and collaborative approach creates restaurants with soul and character that are true to their past and context, and confidently provide a backdrop for future success and longevity.