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The comfort factor in hospitality design, says Amy, is about making spaces
people want to spend time in. “Lighting and acoustics are decisive elements
and need to be tackled as part of the design rather than add-ons.” Acoustics
and noise abatement issues are topical, and she recommends the services of
an acoustic engineer to help devise a solution.
Recent changes to lighting requirements for commercial buildings offer the
opportunity to be more creative with lighting, she adds. “We often look at
concealed lighting to highlight features to help create mood.”
With the current emphasis on rejuvenating heritage spaces, Amy sees great
scope and challenge when creating new space within ‘old fabric’. “These
spaces are often irregular, and in working to building codes and standards it
can be challenging to make the space ‘work’ to meet an aesthetic criteria and
comply with the BCA (Building Code of Australia) and Australian Standards.
“We find this too in smaller, new tenancies where already limited space
needs to be creatively handled.” She says the best-practice approach is
summed up by the late US design guru Ron Mace: “Universal design is the
design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest
extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialised design.”
“It seems at the moment that everyone you run into is opening a small
bar,” says Brandon Cross. “They’re going up at a rate of knots. Small bars
going into places like Shenton Park, Leederville and Wembley give local
people a taste without having to go into the city. Small bars are the answer,
but how many we end up with is the question.”
He sounds a final note of caution: “I do wonder at which point this
proliferation of small bars is going to start having a negative effect. Then,
whoever is the cleverest (and I include the operation, the management, the
marketing and design) will determine who stays and who goes.” c
TOP The design of The Quarter on Hay was handled by Craig Steere Architects.
ABOVE The interior of Play Espresso and Wine in Subiaco.
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