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- Designer Byron George Architect
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The new Huxtable restaurant and bar is located in Fitzroy, Melbourne. There are three distinct zones to the space, which spreads across three shopfronts. First is the open kitchen zone surrounded by seating; next is the quieter seating area; and finally the bar, which is a cave-like and intimate space and the major focus from the street.
The brief included the words geeky, fun and not too serious, with the client requesting an iconic design for the restaurant that would get noticed and mirror the high quality of food and drink offering of mixed origin without hefty price tags.
Starting with the clients sense of humour and several episodes of the Cosby Show, the design process grew from several inspirations. Elements in the bar came directly from the opening credits and of course, the Cosby kitchen.
To recreate the essence of a large brick fireplace that is a hearth and gathering space, the exposed bricks are the central focus. The bar, of staggered bond brickwork, anchors the space and exudes warmth, while wine bottles are housed in angled shelving units that seamlessly fold into the ceiling for a unique lighting installation.
Boral Bricks Escura Smooth Face bricks in Terracotta were selected for their retro appeal and delightful warm punch, perfectly offsetting the muted timber blades and charcoal bar.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.