Sôl Bar & Restaurant
Genesin Studio with Walter Brooke
Sôl Bar & Restaurant was designed as a textural space referencing local South Australian hills and gorges and with a natural tonal palette.
Informed by natural material, the design incorporates the use of locally quarried green granite and Mintaro slate and these are featured throughout the venue as uniquely South Australian materials in different bar areas.
The Balmoral green granite helps create a singular restaurant atmosphere with the stone wrapping up the bar, walls and ceiling. The Mintaro slate tops the insitu-formed custom-made concrete bars – the imperfections curated with the final acid wash and sealant.
A collection of soft and curved furniture was created to fit the material palette of American white oak, soft grey and tobacco leather, soft velvets and upholsteries. Custom furniture and banquettes are rounded to follow the line of the walls and some banquettes feature bolsters while others employ stacked travertine slabs to form a half bullnose edge detail. American oak fluted ceilings aid the acoustics and carefully placed recessed lighting helps hide unsightly services. The interior features commissioned works of art from myriad South Australian artists.
As materials have been sourced locally, the process adds to the sustainability initiatives in place that include, a five per cent waste commercial kitchen, sourcing of food locally, minimising food waste and recycling processes.
Furniture: Aura Objects, DeDeCe, Aptos Cruz, Mobilia, HUB Furniture, Fred international, Grazia and Co, Cult, custom furniture and joinery. Lighting: District. Finishes: Dulux Paint, Surface 2, Artoz Rugs, Forbo, Supawood, custom furniture and joinery. Fittings & Fixtures: VOLA.
Photography: Jonathan VDK