The Hellenic, a well-liked souvlaki bar at Brighton, recently expanded into the new rooftop dining precinct at Westfield, South Sydney. We were engaged to design a new restaurant which would merge a present day Greek island scheme utilising standard tiles, rendering and all-natural stone with an Aussie ‘beach hut’ pavilion. The outcome is a unique and eclectic design and style mix that harmoniously inhabits an unorthodox internet site.
The main challenge of the short was the overall area planning necessary contained within a modest, awkward triangle-shaped website. To operate the enterprise successfully, the space necessary to perform and movement as a typical sized restaurant would. We recognized early on that a more realistic budget was essential in order to fulfill the short and advised accordingly. As a outcome, this minor souvlaki bar is made up of a deceptively big quantity of detail and utilizes space to its greatest capacity, with no feeling overcrowded.
Collaborating with the client, we employed Greek island qualities to reflect the cuisine and get diners on a journey, while anchoring the rationale with a subtle undertone of the Aussie seaside hut. We conveyed both ideas without having being also literal. Mediterranean-like tiles and white textured render on the bar facade refer to the Greek islands and aspects such as rope, plants and lighting gave a coastal really feel.
The main needs have been met in operationally acquiring factors working effectively in a tight room making sure the function movement in the kitchen was as smooth as attainable. This was done via studying the clients existing enterprise operations and enhancing in which needed. With the concept, as typically is the case, we have been inspired by the foods. The Hellenic provides a simple but hearty, nicely crafted menu utilizing fresh local components.
The consumer also desired a bar featuring each nearby and Greek wines and beers. This had to be a cohesive and versatile portion of the restaurant. A relaxed and inviting setting synonymous with the Greek and Australian coast was required to keep patrons returning. Mediterranean-like tiles, white textured render on the bar facade refer to the islands and components such as rope, plants and lighting gave a coastal really feel. Seating required to be versatile and cater for little groups in which feasible.
This venture demonstrates that with cautious consideration, contemplating by way of options, problems, this kind of as space limitation, can be overcome. Given the menu is fairly constrained and the concept simple, via the clever use of components we have sought to create numerous stimulating information to even more enhance the dining expertise whilst making certain they are element of the total functionality or at least have that means in purchase to strengthen the brand Identity.
We feel we have designed not only a relaxed yet stimulating space to be in but a profitable food operation that has exceeded expectations. Fantastic design is greatest when it transcends the conctraints of the literal spot and transports the diner into an additional planet, ideally an unexpected 1 that simultaneously excites and revitalises the thoughts and soul.
Written by Emmanuelle Haworth
Developed by De Simone Design
Photography: Edward de Simone