Taste on Sussex Lane Westpac Building, Sydney

role Interior Design Project value $1 million area 250m² completion date December 2007

Taste is a new hospitality venue located at Sussex Lane, Sydney. The project was formed by the identification of the need for an establishment that operates day and night in the City of Sydney. The tenancy was selected due to its prime exposure at the ground level of a prominent commercial tower with direct access to Wynyard Station, where countless pedestrians traverse Sussex Lane.

The interior solution capitalises on the openness of the tenancy to the street with a brightly lit, opulent interior that is heavily influenced in both design and menu by French and Vietnamese restaurants. Overall, the space is a fusion of French Bistro, a traditional drawing room, a school dining hall and authentic Asian with a modern twist.

Functionally, Taste is conceived as an open restaurant that is subtly divided into different areas that can be utilised by different patrons at different times. Planter boxes, screens, timber frames, low height joinery and vertical panels divide the overall space rather than solid partitions and allow an openness that is enriched by material, texture and surface.

The bar is centred in the space and serves as a backdrop from the street and as a focal point to the different seating areas. The kitchen is contained to the rear of the space, and during the day is a point of interchange as street traffic purchase food from the bar. By night, the kitchen is completely concealed by panels so that kitchen noise does not disturb patrons, and in turn, the space exudes an intimacy and ambience.