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Sprawling over a massive site, and entertaining the locals since 1826, The Mean Fiddler had a reputation as more than a little, well, mean. It was first or second on the state’s most violent pub list from 2008. But The Mean Fiddler also had great potential, with its versatile open spaces, multiple bars, huge footprint, and its catchment of upmarket customers looking for somewhere safe, attractive, fun and appealing to enjoy in the area.
Upping the level of design sophistication would create an environment that would not only be relaxed and peaceful, but also attractive and highly entertaining. “It’s fabulous,” said manager of The Fiddler, Sara Belling. “The refurb has encouraged customers to do exactly what our launch campaign asked – “Take a fresh look at The Fiddler”! Locals who haven’t been to The Fiddler for years have come to see what we’ve done.
Because most of the structural elements were retained, paint finishes played an important role in the revitalisation of this interior so when the first coats went on, the space was well on the way to being transformed into the new Fiddler.
The overall colour palette was a mix of various hues of green and blue, strong, vibrant and inspired by the beautiful green bushland around the area. The idea was to bring the green space to life in between the collection of small buildings that make up The Fiddler, especially in the entrance and inner courtyard spaces. The main bar space was to be a more refined and moody area which called for a dark, warm grey and the sub bar space was to be a more playful and almost nautical area where concerts would be hosted in a deep blue environment with touches of pattern and cascading plants.
As there were so many planter boxes at the entrance and in the inner courtyard, the landscaping was also a very important element. The tonal green colour selection of Resene Scrub, Resene Panzano, Resene Forest Green, Resene Waiouru and Resene Gumboot followed this concept to complement and enhance the landscaping and create a relaxed atmosphere with a feeling of being in a garden.
The concept for the colour selection in the main bar was to simply create a clean and moody base for the marble, brass and light bulb installation that were to feature in the interior. The grey tones were mirrored by the communal concrete tables which make up the furniture of this space. The colours used within this area were Resene Half Tapa and Resene Armadillo. Resene Lumbersider was used inside and out for a seamless low sheen finish.
Resene Indian Ink was featured heavily in the sub bar space of The Fiddler which is an open air stage surrounded by private booths and a separate bar. This gave the space a more playful feeling with the injection of colour and pattern, which set it apart from the rest of The Fiddler. The Resene Indian Ink was complemented by beautiful patterned tiles from Academy Tiles, lush overflowing Dichondra plants and huge dome custom lights and playful festoon lights by Lighting Partners Australia.
Architectural specifier: The Artistry
Building contractor: Arc Developments
Client: The Lewis Land Group of Companies
Painting contractor: I Love Painting
Other key contributor – landscape designer: Landart
Other key contributors - lighting design and supply: Lighting Partners Australia LPA
Photographer: Damien Milan
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