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Montrose Wine Bar

Our client requested a wine bar with a point of difference. Slightly understated, a place that would appeal to the wine connoisseurs of the province. The style had to be in keeping with shadowy years of the cigar, mahogany and wine drinking culture of Chicago in the 1930’s. The intimate fit out is an interesting mix of yesteryear’s style of furniture in a contemporary setting. The design attempts to celebrate the process of drinking wine. It allows the punter to watch as he places his order and the barperson enters the strategically placed red and white glass capsules to carefully choose their bottle and pours their favourite tipple. This subtle drama unfolds each time an order is placed. The design deliberately avoided any hanging lights or features and relies on diffused lighting throughout the bar area. The restrictions of the site and the limitations of the heritage building meant that clever planning was needed to balance space.
Judges citation: “The form of this delightfully playful design acts like a cocoon, enveloping the visitor. Using plywood across wall and ceiling creates an intimate space, while cleverly referencing a wine barrel. The bar itself is well structured, with eye-catching yet practical display of wine bottles, with nice rhythm expressed between bays.”

Awards
NZIA Regional Architecture Award Winner, 2010

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