Redesigning an iconic restaurant isn’t easy. Clients who make a restaurant their regular can be resistant to changes in the menu, let alone changes to the interior design. So when Studio Design + Architecture were charged with giving a fresh new look to Auckland restaurant Euro in 2016, we knew we had to take a considered approach.
In consultation with the client, Nourish Group, and the restaurant’s innovative new chef Gareth Stewart, the Studio Design + Architecture team created a space that would give a genuine sense of something special shared, just like the impeccably fresh seafood, produce and ingredients on the plates.
A world-class offering with a distinctly New Zealand flavour
To create a sense of contemporary, elevated warmth, we set dark-stained walnut timber bar edging against backlit white marble. Handblown black glass and brass pendant lights were commissioned from a New Zealand designer, while soft grey textiles and warm tan leather play off against each other in the seating, sourced from quality Indian and Scandinavian brands. Comfortable subdued warm LED lighting glowing behind perforated metal column cladding helped us achieve a space that was light and bright by day, and relaxing and intimate by night. Although the setting is unmistakably Auckland, it’s a space that would feel at ease in any great city of the world.
A tight turnaround turned around by a tight team
You can’t close a busy restaurant for long. Fortunately, the range of disciplines within Studio Design + Architecture’s practice meant we were able to coordinate an electrical, hydraulic and fit-out package that would accomplish the refit within the extremely tight programme set by the client. Aided by our designers’ expertise in procuring beautiful furniture in novel ways, the project culminated in a space that feels revived and modern, without losing the essence that makes Euro an icon. In our client’s words, we “exceeded expectations”.
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