Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse Brisbane Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD

role Interior Design value $1.5 million area 310 m² completed date July 2006

Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse has opened a restaurant and bar in the recently completed Riparian Plaza, Brisbane. The brief was to enhance the Kingsleys dining experience, comment on how the established Woolloomooloo restaurant responds to its surroundings and to reinterpret the Kingsleys brand to suit the Brisbane context.

peckvonhartel's design provides an integrated dining and drinking experience that appropriates the classic aesthetics and culture of the New York steakhouse, French bistro, and Australian vernacular forming an identity suited to the Kingsleys food culture. The choice of materials reflects the Kingsleys commitment to local produce with the use of reclaimed timbers, recycled doors and rustic leathers in the design. The heights and rhythms of the timber wall paneling and continuous lighting pelmet set the datum lines for the remaining architectural elements to conform to.

The services are concealed in faux timber beams which form a grid with fabric wrapped square panels for improved acoustics and access to the ceiling space. This also is in keeping with the New York Steakhouse aesthetic.

Kingsleys prides itself on its extensive list of Australian wines that are displayed in a feature oregon wine rack wall that doubles as a room divider to delineate the functions section.

Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse Brisbane has become a welcomed addition to the Brisbane riverfront and its primarily corporate clientele. The relaxed dining setting and buzz of the bar makes for the perfect long lunch.