At first glance, the neon sign, the splashes of colour and tetris-like linear geometry teleports you into the digital world of an old-school gaming arcade. Vie Studio focuses on creating an engaging shopfront façade to the restaurant as a response to the client’s brief in providing a unique dining experience.
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The interior design is divided into separate offers in an open plan space. To describe the main dining room, imagine you’ve just walked down the alley of Degrave’s Street, Melbourne, with graffiti art pillars individually painted by well-known street artists, industrial lighting, concrete walls and a fast paced dining experience.
Sharp linear coloured highlights punctuate the space creating contradiction and juxtaposition. A central open wall was used as to create flow and order in the space, with the perimeter display the central focus throughout. The design intends to both reflect and provide a backdrop to the precious artisan nature of the product on display.
The refurbishment included added new contemporary finishes and design elements, whilst keeping the key features and heritage of the existing Jigsaw look and feel. New feature finishes included, Laser cut metal screens, using the Jigsaw distinctive motif design. Metal finishes, such as the signature hand finished “ Patina Bronze’ to the entry portal and internal joinery.
Several meeting rooms are designed as free standing glass pods, some curved, some square, with bright acoustic pinboard material and polychromatic carpet to set them apart from the other, circulation or workstation areas. These meeting rooms have their own ventilation system to ensure climatic comfort even during long meetings.
A total of 125 coffee trees from a disused coffee plantation in New South Wales were used on the Farm and they have been sold to someone who will replant them in Victoria. Over 2,000 tropical plants were used to create the jungle effect; these will be given back to the nursery that donated them for the duration of the Festival.
Large scale illustrations and graphic portraits pay homage to key inventors and innovators from 3M’s past, while the company’s rich heritage was further celebrated with an unconventional and visually impressive timeline, welcoming visitors to the Australian headquarters and showcasing the company’s brand evolution over the last hundred years.
Inspired by old Victorian pavilions AZBcreative transformed the industrial marquee into a classical, European Restaurant. The feat of using materials normally reserved for permanent spaces, such as marble and fully molded wall treatments and custom made Victorian columns in a temporary environment is what makes this so unique to the concept of ‘POP UP’.
Keeping the ceiling and floor colour neutral, white paint and polished concrete floor were used to accentuate the warmth and golden hues of the timber and plywood. Extensive use of natural materials and colours blended effortlessly well with the delicate fabric of floral prints to depict a contemporary woodland setting.
The humble milk-crate was the main design element which formed the foundations for much of the joinery in the workplace including the reception wall, quiet booths, banquette window seating and light features. We repeated the cube throughout the design with 2D and 3D elements as the cube was a pivotal form to the TNS branding.
Original timber flooring, ornate structural columns and expansive timber trussed ceilings are back on show and provide an elegant and timeless backdrop to the modern fit out within. Due for completion in the coming weeks, WSP’s new Adelaide home will provide an open, informal and functional studio space for the growing engineering firm.