Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Sydney

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Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney
CBD, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The brief for Rockpool Bar and Grill Sydney called for the transformation of the ground and 1st floor levels of the heritage listed Art Deco City Mutual Building into a fine dining restaurant.

Bates Smart’s design response makes deliberate reference to its Melbourne counterpart, but is unique and distinctly different; it not only responds to the fine dining ethos, but also celebrates the grandeur of the space. Bates Smart composed interior treatments largely for the floors and furnishings in order to not compete with the magnificent central space which has ceiling heights in excess of 11m.

Throughout the restaurant, materials are almost entirely in a black palette include stained oak, marble, mild steel and leather. All furnishings, decorative light fittings, joinery and carpets have been custom designed for Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney.

Bates Smart has worked on the creation and evolution of the Rockpool group of restaurants over several years, with this restaurant culminating that relationship.

Neil Perry, David Doyle, Trish Richards

1,400 sqm