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Tank Bar + Restaurant / Donovan Hill

  • Architects: Donovan Hill
  • Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • Architects: Donovan Hill
  • Project Team: Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Greg Lamb, Michael Hogg
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Shantanu Starick

© Shantanu Starick © Shantanu Starick © Shantanu Starick © Shantanu Starick

From the architect. 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
© 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.

© Shantanu Starick
© Shantanu Starick

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.

© Shantanu Starick
© Shantanu Starick

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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