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Restaurant Buildings New Quay-Docklands
by McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd

            

IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS

The project brief required a building shell ready for fit-out by a yet unknown restaurant / bar operator/s. All the exterior, plant and back of house facilities were planned and ready for connection and fit-out by the client's tenants at the project's completion. The client, MAB Corporation asked; "The buildings should be sculptural and iconic in their own right and vibrant and engaging on a physical and emotional level. They should provoke response from the passing public and become symbols of the public spaces they define". The Building's house restaurant and cafe uses have been designed "in the round" to be free standing and visible from all sides externally and with outstanding views internally towards the
 
 

distant harbour, boating, and city views and with more intimate views of near-by activities on land and water. The primary back-of-house services for the buildings are located inside the translucently glazed forms. Cooking, preparation, circulation, escape exists, delivery of goods and disposal of garbage occur away from the eye of the casual passer-by or nearby resident. Plant areas are incorporated into these forms under a sculpted mesh screen so that when seen from the elevated position of the adjacent apartment buildings it is the building’s form rather than roof top plant that predominates. The design of the two buildings and the adjacent plaza form the spaces designated as the public domain on the quay.
 
DETAILS

Location
Melbourne, VIC
Architect
McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd
Contact address:
McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd
Project Team
Project architect: Ms. Eli Giannini, McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd
Design architect: Ms. Eli Giannini, McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd
Design architect: Ms. Jane Bennetts, McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd
Project manager: Ms. Ela Basso, Basso Project Management
Developer: Ashley Williams, MAB Corporation
Structural consultant: Graeme Rowe, Robert Bird and Partners
Civil consultant: Dino de Paoli, Coombes Consultant
Electrical consultant: Eric Strapp, Lincolne Scott
Electrical consultant: Maurice Bennington, Lincolne Scott
Mechanical consultant: Eric Strapp, Lincolne Scott
Mechanical consultant: Maurice Bennington, Lincolne Scott
Hydraulic consultant: Graham Smith, CLD Plumbing
Hydraulic consultant: Clive Warring, CLD Plumbing
Landscape consultant: Mike Stokes, Tract Consultants
Lighting consultant: Gary Low, Barry Webb and Associates
Services consultant: Eric Strapp, Lincolne Scott
Services consultant: Maurice Bennington, Lincolne Scott
Quantity consultant: Crawford Fulton, Slattery Australia
Builder: John Cornish, Bovis Lend Lease
Builder: Caroline Paterson, Bovis Lend Lease
Builder: Jim Neville, Bovis Lend Lease
Facade Consultant: Anthony Meaulroy, Arup
Building Surveyors: Greg de Chatteaux, Phillip Chun and Associates
Sculptor: Neil Taylor, c /- Niagara Galleries
Photographer: Peter Bennetts
Other Team Members : Ingrid Donald, Paul Dash, Lindsay Holland, Rob McGauran, Mun Soon
Entered
2003


Photographs by Peter Bennetts, text by McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd

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