Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Australia & Pacific Restaurant


This Restaurant & Bar Design Awards category includes 31 entries from restaurants across Australia and the Pacific regions which have been shortlisted to just 8 entries.

dynamite pendant lighting ACME Sydney 5

Design studio Luchetti Krelle,
 created ACME to make the most of the buildings existing features and heritage. Surrounding walls have been left untreated, showing glimpses of exposed plaster and stripped paint. Within the formal dining space, dark timber banquette seating sits amongst fresh painted walls complementing the rough plaster of the front bar. Read more…

bondis best

With low ceilings and minimal natural light, Bondi’s Best in Sydney maximises this intimate experience with a rope ceiling, tonal colours and considered lighting. Core to the business was takeaway, requiring TomMarkHenry to create a visual connection between the restaurant and takeaway for a unified experience. Brass trim lines the counters while handmade tiles are indicative of the fusion between the refined and artistic elements.


The façade and internal structure of the Coogee Pavillon acknowledges its rich history with pared back interiors to expose the raw character. As an extension of the footpath and beach, the space is casual and playful, offset by the use of tactile and handcrafted materials. The concept by Akin Creative turns this venue into a vibrant market place with different unique offerings, such as a combination of deli styled food and drink offerings.


Luchetti Krelle & Steelman Partners used stone and marble in a playful manner to create a relaxed atmosphere in Cucina Vivo. Embellishments such as checkered tablecloths were printed onto the table tops and oversized lighting pendants. Mirrors were applied for their reflective appeal and high back banquette dining balanced the overall weight of the bulkheads above.

kazbahKazbah Souk was a rabbit warren of spaces and low ceilings with no windows. 2D Studio created a series of intimate spaces, to reveal an understated luxury. Existing concrete columns provided contrast to the layers of materials and colour. The restaurant with its striking 70’s inspired airline route map in shades of orange dominates the space.

The brief was to create an intimate dining space within the vast expanse of Kiyomi to capture the strength and structure of Japanese tradition and formality. Luchetti Krelle and Steelman Partners used strong Japanese motifs representing the seasons, which were applied to sawn timber, balancing the use of carved stone and steel, while artist Que Houxo’s fluorescent mural brings a burst of colour to a restrained palate.

Read more about Parwana Kutchi Deli. Parwana wanted to share an authentic piece of Afghanistan, a country rich in culture, spirit and history, Kutchi Deli is a celebration of the back streets. Studio-gram & mash were not aiming to obsess over every detail, but rather embraced some of the things that did not appear to belong, staying true to the place that inspired the project.

seans kitchenSean’s Kitchen is the adaptive re-use of the Heritage listed Adelaide Railway Station. Traditional crafts, such as lead lighting and specialist metalworking were introduced by designers Alexander & CO. Each portion is rich; from the glitzy Traders Bar, walking past street lamp lit park benches, lead-light windows and luggage racks. The lost New York City scape reflects a forgotten time when quality was the cornerstone of experience.

Each of the shortlisted entries is viewable on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site from the links below.

Sean’s Kitchen (Australia) Alexander & CO.

Parwana Kutchi Deli (Australia) studio-gram & mash

Kiyomi (Australia) Luchetti Krelle & Steelman Partners

Kazbah Souk (Australia) 2D Studio

Cucina Vivo (Australia) Luchetti Krelle & Steelman Partners

Coogee Pavilion (Australia) Akin Creative

Bondi’s Best (Australia) TomMarkHenry

ACME (Australia) Luchetti Krelle

The overall winner for this category will be announced at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Ceremony ‘The Story – Building Emotions’. Tickets are now on sale for this event to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, London on October 1st 2015.

Images © respective studios

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