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Owned by dynamic trio Richard Lodge, Marco Lori and George Sykiotis of celebrated Greek restaurants Hellenic Republic and The Press Club, Lupino is a new addition to Techné Architects’ portfolio.
Located behind the soaring brick wall of The Melbourne Club, this restaurant space has been transformed with a design that matches the menu’s honest Italian food.
Techné opted to rip off the exterior hording, which in turn opened up the restaurant to finally relish in the magnificent views of the Club’s towering Plane trees. Flooding the space with some much needed light, the interior shell was stripped back to reveal a fantastic space with a lofty concrete ceiling and exposed red brick walls.
Macrame elements are the stand-out addition to the space and were produced by Brunswick-based artist Sarah Parkes of Smalltown. Working closely with Sarah to design fittings that were unique to Lupino, the lights and interior screen divide the restaurant with a bold effortlessness.
High-polish concrete floors and red bricks alongside green leather banquettes generate a familiar Italian aura. Terracotta tiles line the long, marble- and timber-topped bar, revealing the bustling kitchen and encouraging diners to interact with the chefs and feel part of the production.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.