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Interior Design: Depot on Beaumont

April 19, 2012

3R Design revitalises the Old Masonic Hall in Newcastle, creating a bold and open restaurant and bar.

This project involved the resurrection of the Old Masonic Hall on Newcastle’s Beaumont Street, which had been used as commercial office space and a cafe. The previous incarnations had covered up the original features of the building such as the vaulted timber roof, structure and rooflights.

The renovation involved demolishing the mezzanine floor ceiling and second floor ceiling to expose these features and create a majestic triple height space and void at the building’s entry. The concept was to treat all the existing elements in the same neutral but prominent colour, to clearly identify the original structure and building fabric. The new elements have then been developed on top of this backdrop, to suit the new function of the space as a restaurant and bar, along with imposing the Depot brand into the building.

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