Forty Licks is a subterranean Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Sydney City with a unique design and application of materials. The design applies a prosthetic approach to historic buildings that enables radical transformation while preserving heritage fabric. The brief was to design a unique architectural fitout that treated the heritage fabric of the existing building in the lightest possible way.
▼餐厅概览，preview © Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis
We designed a prosthetic framework of welded steel mesh with custom clamps that allow the installations removal from the building at any time without any structural damage.
▼餐区与吧台，the dining area and the bar © Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis
▼藤条环绕钢网架，the rattans surround the steel grid © Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis
▼透过藤条望向吧台，view to the bar through the rattans © Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis
▼顾客在藤条空间中用餐，the customers dining in the rattan space © Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis
One of the great challenges was to satisfy the number of patrons required as part of the brief. We utilised all areas of the site, resulting in a tiered platform seating arrangement, each connected through the fine interweaving of the rattan installation.
▼分层的座位布局，the tiered platform seating arrangement © Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis
▼藤条装置连接座位区，the rattan installation connects the seating area © Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis
▼夹层内部，inside view of the mezzanine © Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis
▼藤条装置近景，closer view of the rattan installation © Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis