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Interior Design: Sake Restaurant & Bar

December 15, 2010

Luchetti Krelle draw on inspiration from rustic aesthetics and Japanese culture in the design for this restaurant in central Sydney.

Located in the heart of The Rocks, Sake Restaurant & Bar celebrates the contrast between refined, Japanese inspired design and rustic colonial aesthetics, set against the backdrop of one of Sydney’s most significant heritage buildings.? Classic Japanese motifs and joinery construction methods are referenced, deconstructed and appropriated to create the various dining and drinking spaces within Sake.

The project was a unique challenge based on the heritage constraints of working within The Argyle Stores and reflects a renewed interest in adaptive reuse and preserving historically relevant buildings in Sydney.? To combine two distinctive aesthetics and cultures presented a huge design challenge. The intent was to be sensitive to the existing building and even enhance its design and architectural features, while also immersing the public in a Japanese dining experience. The design process was about reinterpreting familiar Japanese themes and imagery and presenting them in a fresh and innovative fashion, while still being sensitive to the overall site. The result is a new layer to the historical fabric of The Argyle.

Team Designers: Rachel Luchetti, Stuart Krelle

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