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Architecture: Pieces of Eight Gallery

April 11, 2011

A crisp yet raw industrial space designed by Fitt de Felice and Nonda Katsalidis, providing a dramatic backdrop for contemporary jewellery designs.

Pieces of Eight is a new contemporary jewellery gallery on the ground floor of Unitised Building’s first apartment building. It is a collaboration between design architect Nonda Katsalidis, owner and jewellery designer Melanie Katsalidis and project architects Fitt De Felice.

The steel and glass façade is inspired by the compass that forms part of the Pieces of Eight logo. The interior is a crisp yet raw architectural space, which provides a monochromatic backdrop and frame for the refined jewellery on display. A central cabinet bisects the gallery and provides a distinct platform for the current feature exhibition work, while the joinery running the length of the gallery walls provides exhibition space for the work of the designers represented by the gallery. A meeting space at the rear of the gallery provides a more intimate and luxurious space for commission meetings and presentations.

The punctured, double height gallery space provides patrons with an intentional glimpse up to the jewellers’ studio on the mezzanine level, as well as a visual connection for the jewellers down into the gallery and street below. The raw aesthetic is heightened in the compact mezzanine space with exposed services and industrial finishes of galvanised steel and rubber.

*Team* Nonda Katsalidis, Melanie Katsalidis & Fitt De Felice

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