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deep dive - Fush, The Landing

From the Resene News 3/19

Reinterpreting the ‘fish n chippies’ of times past... creating a neighbourhood restaurant with a casual and fun vibe.


Fush is an energetic and playful addition to The Landing, a fast-developing suburban shopping precinct at Wigram Skies in Christchurch West.

The design team started with the idea of reinterpreting the ‘fish n chippies’ of times past - to create a neighbourhood restaurant with a casual and fun vibe. The bold use of colour, curved forms, playful artwork and materiality reinforce this. The galvanised sheet counters and overhanging structure and marine style metal light fittings complement the bright glossy blue floors and ceiling treatment along with simple clean tile finishes.

Staff and diners are closely connected and interact with the open kitchen on full display. The fit-out becomes an identity which diners not only experience in the flesh but circulate through social media and feel connected to.

The 126 square metre space is organised with the front counter at the door with fresh fish displayed on ice, a funky custom-made beer tower with diving bell helmet and gauges. Curves were naturally introduced to separate the dining areas and reflect the flow through the space. These curves were then picked up on and interpreted throughout the design of the bar and kitchen counters, overhead bulkheads, curved tiled joinery elements and tubular furniture.

Fush Fish and Chippie

A custom-made artwork of deep-sea divers to the rear wall created a starting point for colours and fun, with a palette of intense blues, teals and crisp white using Resene Bondi Blue (fast paced blue), Resene Captain Cook (maritime blue), Resene Guru (turquoise blue) and Resene Wan White (umber white).

White glossy tiles are paired with blue grout, shades of blue vinyl seats with glossy white powdercoated tube frames and bright galvanised sheet metals dress the front counter with stainless steel kitchen equipment in the kitchen. The swimming pool blue floor and painted exposed ceiling/duckwork creates an underwater feel. The multi-coloured mural is repeated on translucent vinyl on the front windows.

As if submerged under sea, this fish n chippie captures a delightful sense of the ocean.

Architectural specifier: Nott Architects
Building contractor: Chris Beer Architectural Builders
Client: Anton Matthews
Photographer: Mark Bridgwater

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