The Tank Bar in Brisbane was designed by Donovan Hill
Positioned within a laneway and adjacent to the building lobby, the entrance is pedestrian and intimate.
The scheme was not without risks, requirements for a fine dine restaurant within a relatively small and idiosyncratic footprint could have easily resulted in a compromised and cluttered space.
Lengthy investigations revealed a single plausible layout which, although logical in its inception is unconventional in nature. Repeated role playing of the patron’s experiential journey was key to dealing with planning eccentricities.
A comfortable and accommodating dining room was vital to the success of the restaurant. Borrowing from the material palette in the adjacent lobby infers a single territory and from the patrons’ experience, seems to extend the dining room beyond its actual boundaries.
Architects: Donovan Hill
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Project Team: Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Greg Lamb, Michael Hogg
Project area: 100 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Shantanu Starick
Tank Bar: http://www.tankrestaurant.com.au
North Quarter Lane, Ground Floor, Santos Place,
31 Tank Street, Brisbane Q 4000
P +617 3003 1993