2001 raia architecture awards
shortlisted for commercial building category
We carried out major renovations to this building in 1996 for which a commendation was awarded. This project links the existing ground floor public spaces to new public facilities on level 1. Our brief was to provide the Club with a more 'up market' lounge facility to compliment the public bar below. The 1996 level used a central core to contain services and bar facilities to maximise circulation and public space. The current scheme reworks this notion to create an object that defines bar and cocktail lounge areas, conceals all the storage and services while offering the client an effective space making element.
Specifically, the scheme creates an open stair link between the levels, the establishment of a cocktail lounge, bars and related drinking areas, food preparation areas, and associated ancillary functions. The cocktail bar is contained within this core object and a curved translucent glass wall. Separation from the main bars was essential and the scheme offers a rich intimate environment as a counter to the more vibrant robust public areas. Our material choices reflect the desire for maximum contrast between the core object and the linear bars. The material choices reflect the demands of the Club operations and the desire to create pleasing objects.
paynter dixon construction pty ltd
ma coleman joinery