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Historic Mona Farm

Located in Braidwood, Mona Farm is a historic estate featuring restored heritage buildings, award-winning gardens, and one of the most significant contemporary art collections in regional New South Wales. The property dates back to Australia’s first European arrivals. Braidwood is a mix of impressive colonial buildings standing amongst an eclectic and busy township. A three-minute drive from Mona Farm, the town is home to over 14 cafes, a number of restaurants and shops, country pubs, and a golf course.

Since 2018, Mona Farm’s operators have sought to upgrade the original working farm through use of contemporary hospitality design, while retaining the original character of the existing site. Stylish furnishings have brought a classic, contemporary edge to the historical farmhouse re-purposed for luxury farm stays. The property houses six standalone buildings utilised for accommodation and a variety of functions.

The Woolshed, once an original shearing shed, is the primary hospitality function venue at Mona Farm. Lekkier worked with Sydney-based hospitality architect, Louise Nettleton, to overhaul the original building to create a boutique 200-seat hospitality function space. The venue has the flexibility to cater for weddings, celebrations, corporate events, and functions. This hospitality fitout project, originally a blank canvas, involved interior design and project management in close collaboration with the farm’s owner-operators.

The hospitality fitout incorporates contemporary art, natural elements and rural scenery to create a connection with its rural surroundings. The interior design featured the restoration of the original fabric and construction of vaulted ceilings and a large adjoining marquee. The refurbishment of front-of-house interiors featured a new cellar-door style bar with a hand-crafted light installation as its centrepiece. Lekkier also integrated a new commercial kitchen, back-of-house spaces, and cool room infrastructure.

Lekkier designed the Woodshed Bar to have a strong workflow connection to the main back-of-house spaces, providing direct but discreet access between the two areas. The cellar-door style bar was inspired by the original woolshed, picking up strong horizontal and vertical lines of the sheep runs.

The bar fitout was constructed using solid spotted gum timber, featuring leathered stone work and warm accent lighting. The illuminated shelving that surrounds the bar houses a large display of wines and spirts from the local region.

Above the bar is a large, commissioned artwork designed by Lekkier and brought to reality by Melbourne-based artist Ed Linacre. It features 56 individually hand-blown glass lighting tubes, coloured in hues observed from Mona’s spectacular sunset views across the countryside.

Client: Belinda & Bill Pulver
Photographer: Kimberly Low, Natasha Maree Photography

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5 January 2024

BEDST

Having established themselves during the COVID-19 lockdowns with a successful online e-commerce store selling limited runs of boutique Nordic coffee brands, James Perry and Laura Doherty of BEDST approached Lekkier in 2022 to translate their existing online brand experience into a physical cafe and retail space in the Canberra CBD.

While it was immediately apparent that James & Laura were very serious about coffee, as we got to know them closely during the design process, their passions and eccentric personalities shone through. This close collaborative process resulted in the development of an interior concept that told their story and hinted at their respective personalities – a space that communicates preciseness, youthful enthusiasm, and a sense of constant discovery.

The space on Allara Street was selected with the intent on establishing a venue where James & Laura could share their love of Nordic coffee brands – including a large retail presence mirroring their e-commerce store. A restrained and quiet interior palette was implemented so that the merchandising of the retail product range within the space could speak loudly.

The space draws on subtle Nordic design cues, whilst materials and fixtures were primarily selected for their tactile qualities – providing touch points throughout the space that discreetly communicate a sense of quality.

Blocks of terrazzo on the floors, walls and benching are balanced against delicate walnut veneers. Sharp architectural lines and clinical stainless steel elements are contrasted against blocks of colour that unexpectedly reveal themselves when doors and cabinets are opened. Art, sculptural furniture pieces and books have been placed throughout the space that reflect James and Laura’s quirky and unique sense of style.

Photography: Jessica Di Scipio of GO:OD
Editorial Styling: Tilly Roberts

14 July 2023

Peonee

Just like the Peony flower opens to reveal it’s beauty – the theme of Peonee was centred around the concept of a ‘reveal’ – which is embraced across both the dining experience and the physical space.

Peonee’s origins lie in the Italian hills of Emilia-Romagna. It is here where Peonee’s owner Alberto Ranalli’s love for food started. After starting as a waiter at age 15 in his home town of Bologna, Alberto quickly realised his future was in the kitchen, where he completed his apprenticeship before moving to London, and then Sydney, to work in fine dining.

Taking inspiration from it’s name sake (the Peony flower), the concept developed by Lekkier in close collaboration with owners Alberto Ranalli and Rosel Nguyen, features a completely open kitchen and bar where patrons can view and feel apart of the entire cooking and drinks preparation process. Dishes reveal themselves in front of the customer – with special introduction from the chefs themselves – who deliver and present each dish and its drink pairing to the table.

The project’s goal was to marry a fine dining food and wine with a relaxed and casual atmosphere – where interaction with the chefs and front of house staff is facilitated, and the sharing of the dining experience with other patrons is encouraged. The dining experience is centred around an ever-changing ‘blind’ five course set menu. With the menu featuring seasonal Australian ingredients, strong Asian flavour influences and a foundation in French cooking technique.

The fitout itself mirrors the key pillars of the dining experience and cuisine – with the finishes and layout of the fitout interpreting the restaurant’s casual approach to fine dining. The space embraces it’s raw concrete shell – polished concrete floors, columns and ceilings. Inserted into the otherwise stark industrial space are luxurious red marble, timber velvet, and Japanese Shou Sugi Ban cladding finishes.

Photographer: Killian Pham of Last Month

25 May 2023

Yaki Boi

Known for its unique Japanese twist on classic American foods and cocktails – Yaki Boi is a much loved Lonsdale Street institution. In 2022, Lekkier was engaged to deliver interior design and construction phase services for the brands expansion to its new south Canberra home at Westfield Woden.

The space is located within a large 425m2 tenancy within the busy Westfield Woden shopping centre. Key to the success of the project was to create a space that would transport the customer from the bright and frantic shopping centre into an intimate and immersive space. In order to achieve this, Lekkier worked closely with Yaki Boi and Westfield management to interpret the design brief and deliver detailed design documentation under an accelerated program.

Reflecting the restaurant’s unique fusion menu, the interior design concept takes strong cues from both traditional and modern Japanese architecture, as well as Japan’s rich pop culture scene. The space features an abundant use of Shou Sugi Ban inspired timber cladding and unique building features interpreting traditional Japanese elements such as custom formed suspended acrylic panels that create memories of festival flags, calligraphy covered cladding resembling ‘Ema’ board tablets, and feature tiling reminiscent of dense bamboo forests. These traditional elements are balanced with inspiration taken from modern Japan – neon washed walls, custom light box signage and off-form concrete cladding.

Yaki Boi interacts with the shopping centre via a ‘live’ articulated facade of rotating glazed screens that lock into a number of preset positions that effectively highlight and connect the mall with the restaurant, control temperature through various times of the year, and allow for the creation of a private events space when required.

A variety of seating options and configurations to accomodate couples, families, groups and larger events. This includes large fully enclose booths, banquette seating, and a raised events space.

At the rear of the tenancy is a large commercial kitchen space and associated cool room, freezer room and dry store. The kitchen required the establishment of new exhaust, trade waste and other services in what was previously a retail tenancy. A focus on efficient workflow layout allows the kitchen to cater for large events and high volumes of take away food.

The fitout features a number of large art wall murals by renowned Sydney based artist Silly Pear (AKA Charlie Nivison). The murals interpret decades of Japanese pop culture references with cross generational appeal. The murals are intended to spark both happy memories for diners, as well as nostalgic conversations over good food.

Photography: Ashley St George, Pew Pew Studio

28 November 2022

Edo Canteen

Serving fast, fresh, and modern Japanese food, Edo Canteen has quickly become a local favourite for hearty Ramen, the mouth-watering Chicken Katsu, and fresh Sushi.

Developed as a fast service food concept, the Edo Canteen project involved the conversion of a previous food tenancy with a completely new Japanese food concept.

Key to the success of the renovation was to closely control cost to delivery an economical fitout, whilst providing maximum impact to draw in customers, and communicate the new brand’s offering. The was achieved with a detailed focus on designing the new fitout around existing services and main architectural elements.

Lekkier developed a complete fitout, branding, graphics package for Edo Canteen. We implemented a strong, fun and memorable colour scheme – complemented with big graphics, high quality material touch points, and unique Japanese culture references.

Photography: Ashley St George, Pew Pew Studio

5 August 2022

Wine Room

Hidden in a small alley off Mort Street in Braddon is Wine Room.

Inspired by the charming laneway bars of Southern Europe – Lekkier was engaged by Fixate Group to convert an under-utilised storeroom space behind their main premise into an immersive and intimate wine bar and restaurant.

Co-owner, Mars Heleta, explains that the concept of Wine Room was to reinterpret the classic European wine bar experience with a openness and personal level of service: “Just as you would work out what wine you drink at a friend’s house based on what you are eating with it, what the weather is like, how your day went, we will bring that same intimacy, openness and friendliness” he says.

Developed in close collaboration with Fixate Group directors Will Fisher (Ex Local Press, Gather), Marcellus Heleta (Ex Ovolo/Monster, RAKU, QT, Akiba) and Paolo Sossi (The Marylebone, London, The Trust, Melbourne, and Goldfish, Sydney), Lekkier provided Fixate with a comprehensive interior concept design, construction documentation, and construction phase attendance.

The resulting design completely removed the all physical barriers that are usually present between staff and diners, encouraging increased interaction and engagement around the wine and food.

“This immersive style of hospitality is new to Canberra, and we are excited about bringing it to the market,” says Mars.

As part of the fitout works, Lekkier opened up the laneway frontage with large glazed folding windows to connect the small interior space with the chairs and tables that spill into the laneway.

Inside, a large wall bar displaying the wine dominates the space, and a number of seating options provided to cater for different types and sizes of groups – including small booths, banquette style bench seating, and elegant private dining room.

Integral to the success of the space was the connection and integration of the existing kitchen and back-of-house spaces to service both the original premises and the new wine bar.

Photography: Ashley St George, Pew Pew Studio

6 March 2022

Grease Monkey

Grease Monkey is a Canberra institution – famous for its burgers, beers, and Detroit style pizza (made in auto parts trays). The much loved Braddon eatery originally launched in 2015 in the premises of an old mechanic’s workshop, and since then has expanded to additional locations and a food truck. Lekkier was tasked with helping adapt the original Grease Monkey concept to its latest home at Westfield Woden.

Lekkier worked on this project collaboratively with RB:D Projects, Westfield management, and owner – hospitality industry legend Socrates Kochinos, to deliver an immersive space, bringing the celebrated Grease Monkey character to the buzzing Bradley Street dining precinct in Woden.

The design, influenced by the classic American diner aesthetic with a distinct working class Australian flavour features exposed trusses, recycled hardwood timber, oiled steel, and a healthy dose of Grease Monkey’s trademark cheek.

The customer experience is what makes Grease Monkey a special and authentic – and Bradley Street eatery builds on this success. The fitout and brand is a visual and sensory experience – everywhere you look are little details that make you smile, and touch points reminiscent of suburban childhood.

Familiar materials such as recycled fence palings, corrugated iron, planter boxes and garden furniture recall the simple joys of an Australian upbringing juxtaposed against grungy industrial and classic diner elements – neon lighting, industrial fixtures, heavy steel and bespoke pewter bar top.

The space was designed with a strong focus on kitchen output and integrated technology. A state-of-the-art ordering and POS system is integrated throughout service and kitchen spaces – connecting the front and back of house staff, as well as online food ordering platforms to create a seamless communication system throughout its operation.

It ain’t good if it ain’t greasy

Photography: Ben Calvert

13 July 2021

Forrest Specialty Coffee

Located on the ground floor of Canberra’s Westfield Belconnen, Forrest Specialty Coffee embraces a local palette to create a uniquely Australian spin on the classic European espresso bar.

Following the successful delivery of numerous hospitality and café interior design projects for MLH, Lekkier was approached to deliver concept development, branding and construction documentation on this cafe fitout. Lekkier provided a complete interior design solution, management of statutory and health department approvals, and project management services throughout the construction phase.

Our cafe design incorporated the liberal use of beautifully lit, warm and natural materials, including natural stone benches, Tasmanian oak timber, classic brick textures, and lush planting. A mix of seating options were specified throughout the café, including high espresso bar stools, upholstered bench seating, and classic bentwood chairs.

Our concept emphasised the little details that set Forrest Speciality Coffee apart from your average café design, integrating effective use of rattan, bronze details and green highlights colouring. The result is a fresh, light and welcoming space that transports patrons away from the bustling surrounds while they take some time out for themselves.

Lekkier is excited to work with hospitality and café operators across Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne to deliver their next café interior design project.

30 October 2020

East Row

Located amongst some of Canberra’s most eclectic businesses of the iconic Sydney Building, the café fitout for East Row Specialty Coffee embraces the history and style of this historic building. Playing on the original dominant arched facade in the Florentine style, Lekkier created a café fitout that pays homage to the building’s past and unique place in Canberra’s architectural history.

The Sydney building was designed by Australian architect Sir John Sulman in the early 1920s as part of his acclaimed Florentine phase. His design was derived from Brunelleschi’s Foundling Hospital and the cloisters of the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence.

Our café design inserted contemporary raw concrete benches and lighting fixtures, juxtaposed against the heritage elements of the broader space. This lends a distinct industrial aesthetic to the café interior, whilst retaining its original warmth and charm.

Recycled Canberra red brick remains a central feature of the café design, referencing the original fabric of the Sydney building. The furniture specified for the space was chosen to reflect European café culture, from which Canberra can trace its own rich modern day café culture.

Lekkier works closely with business owners to deliver Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney café fitouts that integrate historical and contemporary elements to create a unique experience for your patrons.

26 June 2020

Courtyard by Marriott

Located near Macquarie Park station, Courtyard By Marriott in North Ryde offers contemporary accommodation in a prime Sydney location. The establishment primarily caters to business travellers and offers modern hotel rooms, guest suites and contemporary amenities. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre, corporate meeting rooms and eight function rooms, and provides corporate and events catering.

Lekkier was engaged to provide hotel fitout services, including redevelopment of the bar, bistro restaurant, conference and meeting room facilities. The scope of services included concept hotel design, construction documentation, and building contract administration. Our approach was to embrace the original aesthetic of the hotel, employing the existing sandstone and timber veneer elements in this new Sydney hotel design.

The new island bar is the centrepiece of a redeveloped dining and bar design, located on the ground floor of the hotel. The new bar fitout features a suspended ceiling bulkhead frame, with custom-fluted sandstone panels around its perimeter. Indirect accent lighting accentuates the natural split-face texture and fluting of the sandstone panels. The sandstone was locally sourced from Gosford Quarries in New South Wales. The bar fitout integrates effective workflow planning to increase the efficiency of its operations during the busy evening service.

Our hotel interior design focused on opening up the ground floor dining spaces to increase the connection between the bar and dining areas. This process allowed us to create a new lounge space adjoining the island bar that features Helen Kontouris designed furnishings, acoustic wall panelling and soft lighting. The main dining area, dominated by floor-to-ceiling glazing, received new sandstone column cladding and planted screening elements. The new screen elements were designed to separate the dining area from the breakfast buffet. Furniture by Helen Kontouris and Konstantin Grcic was specified to complement the colour palette and relaxed feel of the space. The scope of works on this hotel design project also involved the modernisation of the hotel’s conference facilities.

Refurbishment work in the conference rooms involved the design and installation of new acoustic panelling, individually cut and installed in a dynamic geometric pattern. New furniture by Prostroria was supplied to the renovated conference rooms to complete the modernised look and feel of these spaces. Lekkier worked closely and collaboratively with Marriott management and the building contractor to successfully deliver this hotel fitout project with minimal disruption to busy hotel operations.

22 March 2020

Dumpling Social

As a specialist restaurant interior designer operating across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, Lekkier’s designs are underpinned by the creation of an unparalleled customer experience.

Dumpling Social was conceived as a modern Asian restaurant and bar offering an exciting new dining experience to patrons at Westfield Woden. Differentiating itself from the usual fare, this Canberra restaurant fitout embraces a youthful vibe and cheerful atmosphere.

Lekkier worked alongside Westfield’s retail fitout delivery team and the shopfitter to deliver the project. The restaurant design included front-of-house restaurant and cocktail bar spaces, in addition to a large open commercial kitchen, toilet facilities, and storage and cool rooms. The front-of-house boasts a mixture of seating options, bar seating, communal tables, and private dining areas to suit a variety of clientele and allow the space to be adapted to various group sizes.

The resulting restaurant fitout focused on creating an inviting street presence, featuring an over-sized timber framed glass facade and a dumpling window with large red neon signage reminiscent of modern Asian streetscapes. The restaurant interior design features the liberal use of timber and terrazzo floor and wall cladding. Walls are adorned with eclectic picture frames featuring whimsical graphics.

Lekkier’s restaurant interior designers worked in close collaboration with the client, who took an active role in the design process. This resulted in the delivery of a space that reflected the client’s unique vision for their business.

20 March 2020

Tinker Tailor

Tinker Tailor is a small café located in the heart of Gungahlin, Canberra. The café is well known as one of Canberra’s best for its local coffee blends, famous patisserie offerings and friendly baristas. Crucial to the development of Lekkier’s café design was to amalgamate the well-known brand and its renowned pastry products that resonate with their customers.

Lekkier was approached by Tinker Tailor to develop a new café interior design concept. The existing café fitout embraced an open, clean and contemporary boutique aesthetic which sought to bring coffee making to the front and centre of the customer experience. The team wanted to explore options for the integration of a kitchen space to expand their operations. This included expansion of their coffee and pastry services area, upgrades to coffee equipment and seating, and a new bread display.

Lekkier worked collaboratively with the Tinker Tailor team to develop a detailed understanding of this unique brand, their existing market, and future business goals to inform the concept design for the new café fitout.

We embraced the unique aspects of the original café interior design, evolving this concept to reflect the business’s current direction and character. We achieved this by integrating a new colour palette and natural materials into the existing branding scheme. We added richness to the concept through the use of terracotta and warm timbers, while retaining the original essence of this much-loved and recognised Canberra café brand.

16 December 2019

Alivio Tourist Park

Nestled in a quiet bushland setting within five minutes of the heart of Canberra city, Alivio Tourist Park is one of Canberra’s largest accommodation providers. The park has a strong connection with surrounding bushland embraced by its guests. Park facilities include tennis courts, a swimming pool, playgrounds, BBQs, outdoor kitchen areas, and accommodation options including rooms, villas and cabins.

Lekkier was engaged to provide detailed hospitality fitout design, architectural master-planning and construction phase management for the park’s reception area, restaurant building, and surrounding amenities including an outdoor entertainment and pool area. We worked closely with park management to develop a strategy and workshop hospitality design for the park’s future operations.

Lekkier reconfigured the overall layout to centralise the main bar, maximising guest access and improving space circulation. The bar design features a natural colour palette of spotted gum timbers, eucalypt coloured glazed tiling, illuminated bottle shelving, and lush planting. Service counters were placed both on the deck and internally, optimising access for guests and patrons.

A pizza shop with a large pizza oven was integrated into the venue where the bar once stood. Developed as a stand-alone space, the pizza bar has become a popular offering for both guests and the public. Further internal works included upgrades and reconfiguration of the seating area including the specification of new furniture; upgrades to the existing commercial kitchen; and new back-of-house spaces including cool rooms.

The new 185sqm deck was designed to work with the architectural aesthetic of the building and integrates the restaurant and pool area. The deck features recycled timber support columns and an expansive open seating area to accommodate large groups with views over the bushland. Recycled timber elements were repeated along the building façade, transforming the building’s scale to express its important place within the park.

This hospitality interior design project included the coordination and construction of a new waterpark adjacent the existing pool area. The waterpark was designed with close integration and connection to the new deck and bar extension.

This unique Canberra hospitality venue embraces its bushland setting. The building’s strong connection with its natural surrounds blends bespoke elements and modern amenities to successfully enhance the guest experience.

3 May 2019

Mister Munro

Mister Munro, located on Little Collins Street in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, is a new dining concept within the Victoria Hotel by Rydges. Lekkier worked collaboratively with Rydges management to develop early-stage concept design and space planning, forming the basis for a new restaurant fitout.

Mister Munro Bar and Restaurant is named after its founder, leading prohibition advocate and former Victorian Premier, James Munro. The concept inspiration for the bar and restaurant interior design draws heavily on the venue’s rich heritage. James Munro originally founded the Hotel in 1880 as a dry hotel and it remained that way for almost a century. Originally known as the Victoria Coffee Palace, it was an alternative to pub accommodation on offer during the late 19th century.

The new restaurant and cocktail bar space are part of the dining suite at the Victoria Hotel. It features two private dining rooms, a restaurant and buffet space, and a new art deco inspired bar. Mister Munro features a locally-sourced menu which celebrates Victorian produce, including Portarlington Mussels, Victorian Rainbow Trout, Yarra Valley beef, and a range of decadent desserts.

This contemporary Art Deco-inspired restaurant and bar promotes the warm and inviting hospitality that the Victoria Hotel has been renowned for for over a century.

Lekkier is a specialist hotel fitout company and restaurant interior designer that aims to promote a clear, unique brand identity and vision through its hospitality fitouts, while effectively meeting the operational requirements of business owners in Melbourne and other Australian cities.

30 April 2019

Relaunching a legend

Canberra’s ANU Union Bar, located on the Australian National University city campus, holds a legendary status with ANU Alumni and the Canberra community at large. The small bar is famous for having hosted some of the biggest acts in the world – Nirvana, the Hunters and Collectors, The Church, Tool, Lou Reed, Faith No More, Beastie Boys, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and Frenzal Rhomb, to name a few.

The ANU Union Bar was front and centre of the Canberra touring music scene during the 80s and 90s, a prolific time in Australian touring history for international and Australian artists. Touring in those days was how these up-and-coming bands got their names out, and Canberra was a logical stop between Sydney and Melbourne. Band posters were the Instagram posts of their day.

The Australian National University’s $260M redevelopment of Union Court resulted in the ANU Union Bar’s closure in its original location. The Union sought a new space to revive and evolve this legendary institution, ultimately selecting a large site at the Lena Karmel building. This new site featured a large bar area, two large outdoor beer gardens, and space for five food outlets in a food-court style arrangement.

Lekkier was engaged to provide bar interior design, hospitality design, and fitout phase construction services. Lekkier delivered a comprehensive bar fitout concept and construction documentation design for the new bar space and adjacent food court – featuring two cafes, two takeaway fast-food outlets, and a fresh juice bar. Lekkier also worked to integrate draught beer systems, audio systems, acoustic control elements, cool rooms, and storage areas.

Lekkier’s approach to bar design was to pay homage to its rich history, while modernising the space and providing patrons with facilities to suit the Union’s new era.

Lekkier worked in collaboration with artist Silly Pear who produced large murals throughout the walls featuring imagery of the bar’s past – a throwback to the band posters of the old days.

This design reflects Lekkier’s unparalleled attention to detail, concept, and patron experience in its hospitality and bar fitouts.

18 March 2019

Chapayom

Chapayom began as a humble street-side tea shop in Hat Yai, Thailand. Their mission was guided by a simple principle: to achieve the perfect balance of flavours and textures. Since its humble beginnings, Chapayom has become an award-winning brand franchise recognised by the Thailand People’s Choice Awards.

In 2016, Chapayom expanded from Thailand into other neighbouring markets – successfully making its way into the Australian market in 2019. Chapayom Australia’s mission is to bring happiness, colour, fun and a smile to everyone’s life.

Chapayom Australia approached Lekkier to work with their marketing agency to adapt the existing customer experience. The idea was to create an ‘Australia-specific’ café design concept tailored to the local market. Lekkier worked extensively with the head franchisor to develop the overall look and feel of the kiosks and café interior design, resolve equipment requirements for the reworked menu, and deliver construction phase management services for the shopfitting of the retail store.

Chapayom’s first Australian café was opened on busy George Street in the Sydney CBD. True to Chapayom Australia’s mission, the café fitout design embraces colour, fun, and happiness. It utilises a bright, fruity colour palette as well as materials, textures and built elements that pay homage to the brand’s friendly beginnings in Hat Yai.

Lekkier worked with the Australian master franchisee and their team to successfully adapt this celebrated international brand into an Australian success story.

7 March 2019

Transforming Mercure Sydney

The Mercure hotel, located on George Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, is a popular hotel renowned for its rooms featuring beautiful views of the Sydney cityscape.

Directly below the Mercure Sydney lies the now unused original Goods Line Rail Tunnel. It was previously used to connect the Sydney Rail Yard and the Sydney-Parramatta railway line to the shipping port of Darling Harbour. The line was first opened in 1855 and originally comprised a simple wooden platform and corrugated iron shed adjacent Sydney’s historic central station.

The award-wining restaurant and bar Platform 818 is a new and exciting dining concept for the hotel. The restaurant serves a modern take on classic Australian dishes. Inspired by historical train-line supply routes, dishes are created with locally-sourced produce that once would have travelled from railway towns along the New South Wales regional areas.

Lekkier created the concept design for the new Platform 818 Restaurant & Bar, located on the first floor of the hotel building. The concept design was influenced by the history and heritage of its locality at 818 George Street. The design picks up on references from the historic goods lines featuring archways, distressed brickwork, metallic highlights, and accent lighting.

Lekkier delivered concept designs for the new restaurant, bar and buffet spaces resulting in layout plans, mood boarding, material and furniture schedules, and high quality 3D renderings. The project involved the construction of new in-fill suspended concrete slabs to significantly increase the restaurant floor area.

Lekkier worked collaboratively with the client’s project manager, the talented Jenny Farrell, and hotel management resulting in an award-winning bar and restaurant for Mercure, winning the ‘TAA Restaurant of the Year 2019’.

26 June 2018

Wild Panda

Wild Panda is located in the popular No Name Lane precinct in Acton, Canberra. This now-iconic brand brings a taste of the Chinese city of Chongqing to Canberra diners.

Founders Wilson Wei and Sam Sun created Wild Panda in 2017 to share their love of Sichuan Chongqing noodles. Lekkier was engaged to deliver the end-to-end restaurant fitout and construction phase management of this unique Canberra brand.

Loved by Canberra’s large student community for its authentic flavours, Lekkier carefully designed the restaurant fitout to create an inviting atmosphere, reminiscent of the feeling of home.

The restaurant design includes the liberal use of custom-designed graphical elements, referencing unique Chinese cultural stories. The restaurant’s neon branding encapsulates the brand’s youthful and cross-cultural appeal. The restaurant fitout features textured wall finishes, solid timber flooring, and matching accent timber elements. Arched openings and curved timber counters soften the geometric lines of the feature timber bulkhead ceiling. Recycled brick columns add additional texture and depth to the space.

With aspirations to franchise the Wild Panda brand to the rest of Australia and beyond, Lekkier is proud of our ongoing working relationship with its creators.