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‘Fuel’ Restaurant concept


From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery – Sydney

From the idea of FUEL, the soft, flowing curves of petrol on water was embraced with a colour scheme rich in petrol-infused tones.

The brief for this hospitality project was to create an innovative restaurant and bar space in the heritage-listed foundations of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge at Lavender Bay. With the location steeped in history, Anna took inspiration from the site’s former use as a mechanical garage and developed a design around the concept of FUEL.

Fuel Restaurant concept

From the idea of FUEL, the soft, flowing curves of petrol on water was embraced with a colour scheme rich in petrol-infused tones – from deep teal-blues to earthy berry tones to soft green accents and touches of brass. The rich colour palette strongly juxtaposes the raw concrete walls, creating a sense of intimacy, warmth and sophistication.

Modern restaurant design

The soft, flowing shapes observed with fuel on water are also reflected in the architectural forms of the space, with the three levels of the building appearing to float and swirl against each other. Resene Blue Bark is used for the main walls and mezzanine balcony. The flowing curvaceous shapes are further enhanced with colour, such as the rich mulberry Resene Spitfire private dining area, the dusty blue Resene Ivanhoe dining booths and the juniper green Resene Juniper bar on the mezzanine overlooking the dining area below. These gorgeous colours are taken through to the soft furnishings and finishes, such as the mulberry leather booth cushions, the deep teal velvet curtain and deep green marble in the bar area, adding to the warm, sumptuous feeling of these spaces.

Black, red, and green restaurant interior

Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen was specified for the majority of the interior paint surfaces for its durability. Resene Super Gloss was specified for the curved dining booths and private dining walls to create interest and contrast against with the glossy surfaces.

Fuel restaurant concept rendering

This project won the Resene Total Colour Rising Star Award. The judges said "the concept of fuel is cleverly wrapped into this memorable design at all stages embracing a deep colour palette with a sense of fluidity that is entirely appropriate. With a nod to the history of the building, the welcoming décor is carefully designed to suit a night-time focused space. Dark and cocooning, guests are encouraged to relax and linger longer."

Colour selection: Anna McMillan


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