2017 ATDA Timber Veneers Winner: 12-Micron
Located on Sydney Harbour at Barangaroo, 12-Micron is a restaurant which is evocative of place. Designed to draw on the colours and textures of a spotted gum forest, the interiors explore the concept of what is unique to Sydney. Textured cobbled floors, floating fabric ceilings and sustainably sourced spotted gum joinery with natural, limed and plum stained finishes represent the natural environment while a gridded overlay provides a contrast to represent the urban context.
Architect/Designer: Kirsten Stanisich and Jonathan Richards, SJB
Engineer: George Davis, Engineering Partners
Builder Name: Anthony Kubiak, Chris Ryan and Adam Palamara, Next Group
12-Micron explores a new Sydney aesthetic that is luxurious without ostentation. To this end a reduced palette drawn from the tonal variations of spotted gum: plum, soft greys, green and blue, have been used with a minimal material palette: fabric, leather, stone, timber, stucco and tile. Nuance and layered depths are created through textural variation, with the rough texture of the cobbled floor wrapping up to join the smooth grey of the orthogonal wall tiles, which in turn gives way to the floating fabric and vaulted ceilings. The lighting has been designed to provide light and shade.
Furniture also provided textural depth, with the smooth timber lines of bespoke pieces working with contemporary interpretations of the Thonet chair and the bark like surface of ruffled seams in the loose fit leather sofas.