Our clients bought Remuera’s Banque late last year, intending to make a few nips and tucks. Defined as an upmarket local bistro specialising in raw seafood, it was fairly well regarded by the locals in its prime. More recently, due to a lack of competition in the area and despite being a little tired, it still drew in its regulars – predominantly older men. The brief was to grow the customer base to appeal more to females to balance the male-dominated venue, and to become relevant to younger crowds in their late 20s and upwards who are moving into the area. The owners wanted to give the local demographic an eatery that’s relevant to the current hospitality climate.
▼餐厅概览，general view © Sarah Grace
The concept was essentially derived from three key words – intimate, collected, residential. The idea was to create an intimate and cosy local bar and eatery with subtle residential cues that soften the commercial hospitality experience. Siso was designed to be a refuge from the slick nature of Remuera. Soft, natural moments with texture and character deliver a casual, humble aesthetic, while darker complementary areas offer warmth and shadow to inject a sense of mood and intimacy.
▼用餐区，dining area © Sarah Grace
▼柔和、自然且富有质感的空间细节 © Sarah Grace
Soft, natural moments with texture and character
▼吧台区，bar area © Sarah Grace
seating detailed view © Sarah Grace
▼沿墙座位，seating area along the wall © Sarah Grace
The differing table settings create a casual, friendly dining area. Drapes saturate the rear room, and feature throughout the rest of the space to add softness and help separate spaces. We also layered artifacts and objects on the shelves and hung framed artwork, reinforcing the residential look and feel.
Drapes add softness and help separate spaces © Sarah Grace
▼画作和装饰品细节，artifacts and objects © Sarah Grace
The timber-soaked private dining room is a special oasis that’s lit by flickering candles, and forms a humble and inviting spot.
▼私人餐室，private dining room © Sarah Grace
We wanted Siso to have a strong colour identity. The glossy terracotta ceiling brightens the space and helps reflect the light, creating a spacious feel. This colour is reinforced through the bar curtain, table cloths, rugs and artwork. Using basic, cost-effective materials in creative ways has helped us achieve an impactful space while coming in under budget. The unique application of standard white tiles with wide grouting achieves an elevated look.
▼室内装饰和家具细节，furnishing details © Sarah Grace
▼地面细节，floor details © Sarah Grace
▼吧台立面细节，facade of the bar © Sarah Grace
The arches were introduced to hide some architectural challenges, disguising a change in ceiling levels, while the placement of the archways hides structural building features and eliminates two awkward existing doorways. We also managed to create an extra space by knocking out the wall to the old bank vault. Adding a window within the circular opening in the concrete at the front of the building disguises its former purpose.
▼拱形元素消解了原先两个不太协调的门洞 © Sarah Grace
The placement of the archways eliminates two awkward existing doorways
▼空间细节，detailed view © Sarah Grace
Location: Remuera, Auckland
Photo credit: Sarah Grace