* This project was under the design direction of Stephen Cameron while previously working at Hassell.
Client: RSCM P/L
2012 AIA National Awards - Brisbane Regional Commendation - Interior Architecture
Dining is not simply eating. Dining takes the necessity of food and, with great effort and expertise, converts it into an edible artform that satisfies our appetite for creativity, surprise, theatricality and adventure, all while seated in a comfortable chair, with friends.
To dine requires a room, whether indoors or out, which establishes the significance of the event and generates an atmosphere that contributes to the dining experience.
In this restaurant we have sought to create a series of rooms through a variety of definite and implied demarcations. Diners are allowed glimpses from their own room into the next, relieving the containment of a singular space and enabling chance encounters with diners from afar.
The site for this restaurant is a ground-floor tenancy in a riverfront office tower with a superb outlook over the Brisbane River and Story Bridge.
Externally, a heavy steel entry portal provides a dense transition from outside to inside, and new outdoor dining decks extend toward the river and offer expansive respite from the intimacy of the interior.
Internally, the new elements extend upon the existing column grid to create an undulating volume that runs across the full width of the existing space. This uneven space is then punctuated by three enclosed boxes, containing back-of-house uses, whose solidity overwhelms the previous dominance of the three rows of structural columns and creates the sequence of rooms required for the various modes of dining.
The brief required three key dining rooms – casual, fine and private – each of which was to be directly served by a food preparation space that would be an active contributor to the dining experience. Each of these dining rooms is separated, and connected, by the servant spaces where the food is prepared and plated, with these servant spaces located within the primary solid elements that generate the division of the overall volume into distinct rooms.
Photography: Roger DeSouza