James Restaurant

Noel Lane Architects, in association with RB Studio

Parnell, 2011

Winner - NZIA Auckland Award 2015 - Hospitality and Retail

The layout is divided into two distinctive rooms or volumes that contrast one another. A black low ceiling with leather walls and furniture were chosen to create a strongly masculine room that is minimalist and modern in detail. A long bar wrapped in leather with inset black granite traverses the length of the room and a serving counter of similar detail partitions the room to the kitchen behind. 

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The high and white ceiling volume is much more open, soft and expansive with layers of double height curtaining. These curtains form an enclosure within the hard roughened concrete shell. Detail and furniture is chosen to be much more light, transparent and delicate.

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Simon Devitt