Tank Bar + Restaurant / Donovan Hill

© Shantanu Starick

Architects: Donovan Hill
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Greg Lamb, Michael Hogg
Project area: 100 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Shantanu Starick

© Shantanu Starick

Positioned within a laneway and adjacent to the building lobby, the entrance is pedestrian and intimate.

The scheme was not without risks, requirements for a fine dine restaurant within a relatively small and idiosyncratic footprint could have easily resulted in a compromised and cluttered space.

© Shantanu Starick

Lengthy investigations revealed a single plausible layout which, although logical in its inception is unconventional in nature. Repeated role playing of the patron’s experiential journey was key to dealing with planning eccentricities.

A comfortable and accommodating dining room was vital to the success of the restaurant. Borrowing from the material palette in the adjacent lobby infers a single territory and from the patrons’ experience, seems to extend the dining room beyond its actual boundaries.

site plan

Comfort, views and acoustics have been carefully considered to address the tapering plan and create a different experience for each diner. A central table, divides and defines the dining room while acting as a service point. Fenestration of the windows by timber battens and a low timber bulkhead over the window area provides protection for diners against the openings. Deeper into the sequence, a final, smaller space operates as a private dining room when required.

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Cite: "Tank Bar + Restaurant / Donovan Hill" 06 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=125292>