The materials and palette of Isono, designed by Joyce Wang, draws inspiration from its menu of modern Basque-influenced foods, contrasted with the heritage features and architecture of the site.
In Isono, a dark sultry timber wall finish is balanced with the light and airy private rooms on both sides of the restaurant.
The floors have been tiled with reclaimed wooden planks and baked bricks, enhancing the space with an al fresco quality. A theatrical tapas bar dominates the centre of Isono’s main dining room where guests will be served a wide menu of wines as they nibble away at tapas served in the traditional manner.
The furniture and fittings are a mix of new and vintage, with a particular focus on pieces that highlight craftsmanship and artistry, to celebrate and reflect the creative energy housed within the Police Married Quarters – the location of the restaurant. The lighting in Isono is warm and golden-tinged, with industrial and artisanal fittings highlighting the space as an arts and cultural hub.
Exposed steel structural columns have been kept in their raw form, with newly upholstered leather banquettes and seating designed to form cosy seating areas. Soaring above Isono, adjoining restaurant Vasco’s suspended balcony is monumental and Brutalist in form, with its armature-like silhouette and copper cabling woven to create an intimate retreat for private dining.
Images © Edmon Leong