- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Andrew Worssam
- Designer Giant Design Consultants
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The radical transformation of Regents Place has brought new life to a space that was always waiting to reach it’s full potential. The area dubbed ‘Little Japan’, on the George Street level, has three new Japanese concepts, all designed by Giant: Tenkomori Ramen House and Chanoma Café opened in January and ‘Yebisu’, an Izakaya Sake Bar, opened in March. Yebisu continues the streetscape theme of Tenkomori and Chanoma with a its own aesthetic & personality.
The concept for the Sake bar was to create a space that is quite traditional in its detail and obviously Japanese, but the intervention of modern street art adds an urban and contemporary edge. The stark contrast between the old and the new face of Japan works well in context with the adjacent food tenancies.
Positioned in what used to be a tight walkway to the bathrooms, the shopfront was removed and pulled right back to the existing bar, opening up the space and making it inviting and generous. A new timber and raw brick façade has been created in a traditional Japanese style incorporating a timber pergola overhead with hanging Japanese branded sign boxes suspended beneath. Recycled bricks have been used to the perimeter walls and columns, dark stained timber with dimpled textured glass to joinery and textured OSB timber used on the ceiling. Japanese textured tiles are used along the bar and inset into the communal tables, sake bottles are on display, and an eclectic mix of light pendants give an authentic look and feel. Technology is integrated into the tables with the self-serve iPad ordering system.
The graffiti artwork over the bricks and timber (by artist, Ash Johnston) draws on traditional Japanese themes and imagery, whilst mixing with contemporary urban street art.
Design Team Trish Lopez, Designer; Ed Kenny, Director
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