2023 | Professional

MUSE Design Awards Gold Winner

Strato

Entrant Company

Director, CHT Architects

Category

Interior Design - Hospitality

Client's Name

SORA Interior Architecture and Design

Country / Region

Australia

Strato restaurant and bar crowns the Oakwood Premier Hotel Melbourne at level 40, with unparalleled views across the city skyline and out to Port Phillip Bay. The statement bar and terrace are complemented by two further bars in a VIP area and the adjoining fine dining - Strato restaurant.

The spaces feature superior materiality with stone, sleek furniture and back lighting for bars and shelving. Upon arrival, stepping out of the elevator, the visitor is immersed in a 360 degree live digital experience, playing live images of the external environment, evoking a sense of flying. You have the choice of moving in through to the Strato restaurant or in the opposite direction through to the Strato bar.

Moving to the bar, a central back-lit bar greets you, crafted from solid glass blocks provides an atmospheric main feature and soft light source. A double ceiling height void is an immediate dramatic contrast to the small elevator exit space and the open air terrace is in eye line behind the bar. Darker tones and sophisticated styling combine with a carefully designed lighting strategy in order to minimise glass reflections and remove the visual boundaries between the user and the view, further enhancing the feeling of being amongst the clouds. there is a playful juxtaposition between the interior and exterior – with opulent furnishings and soft lighting complementing the main attraction: the view.

Moving back to the Strato restaurant entrance, there is an intentional refined smaller entrance of a double-sided glass wine cabinet to set a different mood. A fine dining space within the double height void is revealed. The dramatic surround is juxtaposed by the intimate dining spaces, all with a spectacular view. Again, as seen in the bar, all service facilities are offset from the glazing and back-of-house is internalised but not without connection to the dining space with the kitchen being visible for a sense of theatre.

Credits

Executive Manager, SORA Interior Architecture and Design
Chantelle Balliro
Senior Associate, SORA Interior Architecture and Design
Emma Alessi
Brylee Schache
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