The Wine Quarter
THE WINE QUARTER
This fit-out for Endeavour Drinks Group creates a new multipurpose events space for 500 staff within a heritage-listed building in Surry Hills that was originally designed for Readers Digest. The project makes explicit the idea of the interior fit-out as distinct and separable from the architecture, in recognition of the fact that tenants and functions will change over time. Previous additions were removed and the heritage brickwork was carefully restored. A lightweight, tensioned cotton cord lining is then introduced to wrap the heritage interior, ‘monumentalising’ the architecture by emphasising its volumetric features, while lightening the whole space, improving acoustics and screening first floor office windows. This permeable veil allows views through to the heritage brickwork and detailing, and provides partial concealment of services such as air conditioning, lighting, alarms and sprinklers, while allowing them to operate through it.
Location: Surry Hills, NSW
Photography: Peter Bennetts, Kasia Werstak