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Interior Design: The Doghouse

October 19, 2010

Built in just 24 days, The Doghouse is a 1920s speakeasy-style bar in Darlinghurst exploring themes of concealment and secrecy.

Constructed over a period of 24 days, The Doghouse is a pop-up bar created for a rooftop space located in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Built by a dedicated group of industrial, interior and set designers, the project represents the final stage of a competition called The Premise: a competition which asked creatives from around Australia to submit design concepts for their dream bar.

The Doghouse, designed by Melbourne-based Rob Dumaresq and Hugh Gurney, was announced as the winner on 13 September – with the bar opening 24 days later.

The design of the bar recalls the speakeasy establishments of the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the features hark back to the prohibition-era, when illegal bootlegger bars used covert methods to conceal their activities: table fold out from the wall, while alcohol bottles hang from the ceiling of the bar. The entire experience encourages patrons to engage with the themes of secrecy and concealment.

Team Concept: Rob Dumaresq, Hugh Gurney; Interior Designer: Adele Winteridge

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