181 Mary Street
Jagera / Turrbal
The redevelopment of iconic Brisbane restaurant Urbane.
Urbane Restaurant is an icon of Brisbane dining establishment with numerous awards and a substantial reputation. The redeveloped urbane extends the client’s philosophy of providing the highest quality food and service over 4 distinct dining and bar experiences. The entire site of the original Urbane has been extended and redeveloped to incorporate a new Urbane, Euro, Sub-Urbane and The Laneway. The design creates 4 different but linked experiences within the one building. All of the venues are arranged around a central kitchen hub that has been substantially expanded to provide for the full range of food types from fine dining to bistro and bar cuisine. Each space is created with its own character expressing materials, light and furniture in an independent way. Patrons can glide between these spaces through a series of open and private doors based upon their usage. A primary intention was to make the lighting a part of the materials of the space and not to become features in themselves. This promotes the contrast between the aged walls and the new insertions into the fabric. The rear Lane entry is lit from the Urbane end by a series of patterned lights along the laneway walls. From Margaret Street, The Laneway acts as a beacon hovering over the lane at the first-floor level and framed by a 4m high cantilevered balcony facing towards Margaret Street. Euro also looks down the laneway and provides a rear door for entry. This project was undertaken by Justin O’Neill as Director of Arkhefield.