Inspired by the desire to bring a taste of rural Victoria to the hustle of the retail strip, Harry Hall restaurant and wine bar, utilizes traditional materials, textures and techniques to set the tone in combination with remnants of a lifetime of occupation which have been left exposed and curated.
The concept behind Harry Hall was to create a venue on Glenferrie Road, a busy inner Melbourne suburban retail strip, that references rural vernacular details and a rustic sensibility. The remnants of decades of prior occupations were revealed during the design process, which was run concurrently with the building phase. The raw and unfinished surfaces were paired with simple and honest materials and techniques to create a relaxed palette.
The cleared space was divided into various areas principally to distinguish between the restaurant area and the wine bar area. The desire to have a double-sided fire place was used as the anchor to firstly divide but also frame the wine bar area surrounded by a private love seat and built in bonkette seating allowing guests to watch the passing parade with a glass of wine or cup of coffee.
The location and form of the wine bar and fire place enclosure creates a series of internal views and seating environments, the bar, the dining room, the long bench each provide a different atmosphere and different aspects.
In order to allow the volume and character of the exposed room to remain uncomplicated and legible the new components were considered as loose objects within the volume. These components are also constructed from a strictly limited palette of materials; recycled brickwork, simple pine joinery and honed terrazzo tiles in a further attempt to reduce the visual vocabulary and maintain clarity.