Building Design: Folland Panozzo Architects Photographer: Evolved Images
The third stage of the Belair Hotel project - the Belair Front Bar - is linked to the main Bistro via a central walkway. Oversized pendant lights fill the volume and draw patrons into the space. The Front Bar is divided into several areas catering to a variety of clients. The large outdoor area is constructed of a raised, tallow wood deck and slatted overhead structure, with fixed tables that seem to grow out of the decking. The interior has a saloon feel without being cliche. Custom designed carpet, made by Brintons from 100% wool, gives the space a warm yet contemporary ambience. The furniture is a combination of bespoke fixed table and stool pieces in spotted gum, fabricated by local design/maker, Gareth Brown, and classic chairs by Thonet. The pool tables were given a bespoke feature edge and custom colour felt. Clusters of feature lighting assist in creating different zones within the space. The walls, covered in a combination of timber paneling and a dark paint colour, along with two fireplace areas, create warm and private settings within a larger space. The front bar references bygone times, with a marble front and legs reminiscent of a horse's hind legs. The high level of detail extends to the WCs, where marble tops, quilted wall tiles and etched mirrors were used to add glamour and timeless beauty.