Typology | Cafe Design
Tenancy Area | 90sqm
Project Cost | $80,000
Home Espresso Café was established in North Sydney for a number of years and was due for a renewed design strategy to facilitate a unified concept for the cafe environment, and a more streamlined flow for their operation. Our involvement involves involves rethinking the concept, functionality and styling of their café and products.
Our design strategy focused on transforming the café into a home garden setting, providing a warm and welcoming environment for the patrons. The extensive feature recycled timber wall and pot plants scattered on shelves and tables brings to live the natural context of the theme. The existing floor boards were removed and the existing slab grinded down to expose the coarse aggregate of the concrete slab to create a strong sense of earthiness.
Careful selection of materials worked coherently to reinforce the rustic concept. With mild steel cladding finish and natural recycled hardwood timber bench top to the serving area. Slim white horizontal tiles that stretches from the under bench seating to the menu wall and is highlighted with 2 bands of federation green tiles and open timber shelving. The exposed ceiling slab, laser beam lights and repainted bright red sprinkler pipe fittings helps divide the large ceiling area into different zones and hierarchy.
One of the important additions to the shop was the new kitchen stove and rangehood, which adds both functionality and value to the existing shop for a greater menu selection and potential resale value of the tenancy.
Typology | Restaurant
Tenancy Area | 100sqm
Project Cost | $180,000
True to the original Twisted Noodle Bar in Dixon Street, Haymarket, the design of Twisted Noodle Bar II in Hurstville is based on the strong branding that reflects their fresh and contemporary approach to offer great food in a relaxed, trendy environment. The materials and finishes all draw on their iconic colour scheme of the 3 shades of red, juxtaposed with black and white accents against a neutral grey cement wall finish as a backdrop. From the entrance, the glass wall is clad with a full height feature of the 3 stripes of red and the same focus on the branding is evident in the oversized feature light box at the rear of the shop – a bold statement that can be seen from the street.
Given the relatively small size of the shop, the approach was to offer customers a range of options to enjoy their noodles – the booth seating, taken from the traditional Hong Kong style cafe restaurants, the long wall bench made from recycled timber, representing Japanese style eat-and-go ramen shops, a high bar recycled timber dining table for groups, as well as the standard square tables for couples. Each of these spaces are celebrated with something slightly different – traditional Chinese posters, designer pendant lights, and custom made furniture.
If you haven’t already been, Twisted Noodle Bar specializes in highly addictive authentic Yunnan noodles – a modern interpretation of the classic Chinese noodle that allows you to select the the chilli and sourness levels to suit your taste, from small, medium to large. Word of warning – unless you are absolutely positive that you are a chilli eater, we recommend choosing no higher than a small chilli rating !
Typology | Restaurant
Tenancy Area | 175sqm
Project Cost | $350,000.00
Viettri is a modern Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of the new dining precinct in Rhodes, just minutes from Rhodes Shopping Centre. As part of a new branding concept, Viettri serves modern Vietnamese cuisine with a focus on creating a relaxing and comfortable environment for the patrons.
Our design strategy was to create the ambience is through the use of timber and natural masonry, set against planter features and bird cage feature pendants to create a multitude of layers within the restaurant. The result is a harmonious material palette that complements the green, leafy branding for the shop to create a modern Vietnamese dining experience that is unique to the brand offering. Be sure to try out Viettri next time you're in Rhodes!
HJH Hurstville Branch
We are delighted to announced the grand opening of the Huang Ji Huang Franchise – Hurstville Branch following the success @ Sussex St in Sydney.
Our concept for the shop was to focus on creating 1 holistic feature that will become the focal point for the shop. We decided to reuse the timber batten lined wall lattice and continued the lattice onto the ceiling to create alcove sofa seating strip with the ends of the ceiling lattices had been deliberately cut at random length.
We have also selected a rough textured wall to set the base of the view depth against a sea of lattice and a picturesque wall on the right. A line of dark tinted mirror had been situated under the painting to help establish a horizontal line of sight throughout the length of the shop.
Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre, Drummoyne
Typology | Food Court Retail
Tenancy Area | 60sqm
Project Cost | $140,000
4P Cucina is a new and fresh Italian restaurant/take out shop in Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre. The 4P’s represent the four specialties by the owners Bruno and Melissa – good pasta, pizza, pastries, and panini.
Our design focused on friendly, understated details that reflect the main components of a good Italian cafe - giving a relaxed atmosphere where customers can sit down and enjoy good coffee, and good food.
One of the main components of the design is to introduce a seating area with bench and bar seating which distinguishes the 4P Cucina from the other shops in the food court. The feature wall with an over-sized photograph of the Amalfi Coast in Italy creates a strong backdrop for customers, which is set against the polished concrete floor and recycled timber furniture to create a casual and cosy setting away from the crowd.
While the shop is not large by any means, the kitchen houses all the equipment needed to allow the owners to whip up a great variety of food and beverages within the limited space. The kitchen is also fully open to view, so customers can see the care taken to prepare the food using the freshest ingredients.
The construction is done by Protech Hospitality Fitouts - a great and capable team delivering the project smoothly. Be sure to check out their Facebook page which has lots of interesting projects and the latest updates of their work in progress.
Beverley Hills, NSW
Typology | Mixed Use Residential
Site Area | 750sqm
Number of Apartments | 16
Retail Leasable Area | 280sqm
Project Cost | $5.5mil
Play Architecture was recently engaged to design a mixed use boutique apartment block in the heart of Beverley Hills, an area famous for its active food precinct along King Georges Road and conveniently located within walking distance from the train Station.
This development focuses on maximum efficiency in space planning to make the most of the potential city views on higher levels. The angled balconies and laser cut steel balustrades assists in breaking up the façade and generating clearly articulated apartments. The privacy screens serves a dual purpose of layering the facade and as a buffer to the traffic noise to maintain the amenity of the residents.
The design embraces the horizontality of the building as it integrates seamlessly with its surrounding context, blending in with the evolving mixed-use typology along the Beverley Hills precinct.
Typology | Terrace House Alterations & Additions
Size | 220sqm
Project Cost | $350,000
Year: 2013 – DA approved
This project is a renovation of a two storey heritage terrace located in the eastern edge of Balmain fronting the busy Darling street. The brief calls for an addition of two new bedrooms on level one, replacing its current rear roof terrace area and an internal re-organisation to ground floor utilities.
The form of the new roofs are morphed similarly to the surrounding building roof structure and crafting vaulted ceiling spaces internally. Light penetration to bedrooms and ground floor areas are one of the key drivers in developing the internal layout and roof configuration. Two new dormer windows and skylights were introduced to increase amenity to the corridors and light to stairwell and dining area on ground floor through new void penetrations.
1 Dixon Shopping Centre, Haymarket
Typology | Restaurant
Tenancy Area | 50sqm
Project Cost | $100,000
Twisted Noodle Bar is a restaurant in Chinatown that specializes in highly addictive authentic Yunnan cuisine with a twist. It has been around for some time and their menu contains a growing range of both noodle dishes and side dishes. Their most popular dish is probably the Yunnan Noodles, which they are famous for. When ordering, you can select the the chilli and sourness levels to suit your taste, from small, medium to large. Word of warning – unless you are absolutely positive that you are a chilli eater, we recommend choosing no higher than a small chilli rating.
It is in fact one of our first projects which shortly led to several more projects in restaurant fit-outs. The shop is a small tenancy in 1 Dixon Shopping Centre which has an angled wall on one side and a curved glass shopfront which leads to a small outdoor dining area. The design focuses on the fresh and contemporary which reflects on the brand offering great authentic food in a hip and trendy environment.
Luk Fook Jewellery Shop
Location: Sydney, Australia
Year: 2013 – constructed
Project documentation and council submission for international jewellery’s first branch in Sydney.
Royal Adelaide Hospital International Design Competition Entry
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Project Team: Play Architecture in association with Esan Rahmani
With the upcoming new Royal Adelaide Hospital scheduled to be complete in 2016, the South Australian Government has called for an international competition to take a fresh look at how the existing hospital site can potentially be used. Given its prominent location in the City at the intersection of three distinct precincts (Health & Wellbeing, Education & Culture, and Entertainment), our scheme involves the creation of an Art & Cultural Park that offers a comprehensive set of facilities including state of the art museums, galleries and performance spaces, world-class art and design institutions, creative studio spaces and workshops for the design community, and unique retail and commercial activities to foster a vibrant meeting place and landmark for Adelaide and South Australia in the broader context.
In creating a significant art & cultural hub for the city, our proposal aims to position Adelaide as an integral player in creative and artistic innovations on the world stage. We believe art should not be limited to a controlled environment and invite the community to be part of the scene. The site is intended to serve as a canvas on which spontaneity can occur so that there is always something new to discover on each visit. It is a place where the community can meet, gather and enjoy throughout the year, day and night.
The proposed Art & Cultural Park is comprised of three major components –
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) landmark building that provides the key programmes of the site in conjunction with adaptive re-use of existing buildings into institutional facilities, hospitality, retail and commercial functions.
The Plaza, a multi-functional ‘outdoor living room’ providing a canvas for an open-ended range of activities such as outdoor performances, projection screens for events, sports and movie screenings, art and crafts markets – a highly flexible place shared by the community that can be adapted and shaped according to how the public uses it.
The Gateway, which acts as an extension and buffer space to the Botanic Gardens with flexible seating and lush landscaping, outdoor art and sculpture displays, forming an urban oasis for which learning, creation and appreciation of art and culture can be fostered.
These major components are fused together by an urban terrain of parklands and generous shared pedestrian/cycle paths that facilitate the connection of the site with the city and its surrounding context. In sync with South Australia’s Strategic Plan, this proposal acts as a catalyst for the creation of a vibrant city for the community.
Typology | Restaurant
Tenancy Area | 250sqm
Project Cost | $350,000
Huang Ji Huang Simmer Pot Restaurant is a successful franchise in over 50 provinces in China and it has now finally hit Sydney with its popular hot pot menu. It serves up an intense mix of traditional Chinese herbs and spices with freshly selected produce from Australia.
We were involved in the planning of their first Sydney branch in collaboration with their Chinese designer to create an authentic Chinese environment with a modern touch through the use of lasercut timber blocks to illustrate a cloud feature wall. The design utilised the choice of bold dark paint finishes contrasting the use of the feature timber batten lined wall and a picturesque wall as a back drop.
Beginning as a desire to plant something in winter to give a sense of life and warmth in our otherwise stone cold warehouse office. The idea quickly developed into a design project with multiple layers of meaning and functions.
The prototype unit 001 has been adopted by Victoria Hair Salon in Chatswood, we have been commissioned to build another for another salon as well. If you are interested in a tree, contact us and we can design a custom tree to suit your needs and functions. Our trees aren’t only planter boxes but can also be ornaments and storage facilities.
London Loft Farm Competition Entry
The traditional Chinese character for farming -“田”- encapsulates the essence of traditional rice paddy farming – a regular grid that spreads across a vast field of land horizontally in an infinitely repeatable pattern. The proposal involves a reinterpretation of this traditional model by demonstrating the limitless opportunities with vertical farming by spreading the effective farming area over a vertical plane – a much more efficient use of land.
The Vertical Loft Farm Tower is a tribute to the traditional paddy farm – reinvented as a ‘Living Ecological Farming Display Board’, to promote, educate and inform the public of the importance of farming and the emergence of a new trend of vertical farming.