Chiswick, Woollahra has become a well-known and well-loved Sydney institution, however it began life as a dilapidated function centre and under utilised Council asset. H&E Architects has successfully transformed this distinctive suburban site into a contemporary, warm inviting restaurant that encapsulates the very unique flavour of Woollahra.
H&E were involved from the very beginning, helping our clients Solotel and Morsul win the initial public tender and subsequently developed the project from concept to construction. Effective engagement with Council and community, as well as the curation of a careful response to the strict heritage and acoustic constraints, were critical.
Surprisingly, it was the limitations of the site that provided the impetus for the preeminent paddock to plate restaurant concept. With an area of 55sqm that could not be built over, the suggestion of a vegetable garden drove the very strong concept and design narrative, with the landscape integrated into the architecture of the building and restaurant, and has proven incredibly successful.
The strong all white interior palette is balanced by a discerning selection of timeless self-finishing materials that have aged beautifully. The integration of the previously undiscovered original ceilings in the bar area link the interior to its history and the open kitchen elevates the dining experience to another level.
Chiswick, Woollahra strikes a rare balance between providing an intimate and inviting, almost domestic dining experience, in a very active and vibrant restaurant environment that has stood the test of time.