Dicey – Bar Design

BACKGROUND

Location:
Westfield Sydney, located underneath the iconic Sydney Tower on Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW.

Description of pre-design condition of interior/building:
The site was redeveloped between 2010 and 2012 to combine four shopping centres in the area: Westfield Centrepoint, Sydney Central Plaza, Skygarden and Imperial Arcade.

Client brief/client requirements:

  • A new and unique bar/nightclub space.
  • Must integrate brand values relating to health, sustainability, interactivity and culture.

Mood Board/Inspiration:

Bondy’s bar in Sydney was a major inspiration for the aesthetic of this project.

Materiality + Scheduling:

 

CONCEPT

Idea behind the design/special features/materiality:

  • A socially inclusive, interactive, sustainable bar, designed as an homage to design and culture from the 1980s.
  • Aesthetic of the space was heavily influenced by a previously existing nightspot in Sydney – Bondy’s.
  • Inspiration for the space’s materiality was taken from commercial interiors of the 1980s – black and red leather, subway tiling, neon lights – all elements competing for attention.
  • Brand values of the client were researched heavily and appropriate solutions were made available:
    • Sufficient circulation, adjustable furniture, and a dipped bar area make access to the venue for people in wheelchairs or people with a disability much easier.
    • Triple pane glass and window frames with exterior shading will assist in the conservation of energy, as well as the control of temperature within the space.
    • Size adjustable tables are a main feature of the space, designed with inclusivity and interactivity in mind.
    • A large variety of board games have been integrated into the space and the furniture, in the hope that binge drinking is discouraged, and interaction between friends is encouraged.
  • The end product is a display of socially responsible design.

Renders:

Central bar with dipped service area.

Triple pane glass for energy conservation and temperature control.

Central bar with dipped service area.

Upstairs entertainment area.

Space for communal games.

Male & Female restrooms in compliance with BCA.

Upstairs bar area.

Software used: 3Ds Max, Revit, Photoshop.