Transformer Fitzroy crams a whole lot of design delights into the one venue. Street art? Tick. Warehouse conversion? Yup. Garden greenery? You bet. But it’s the perfect composure, the precise balance of all these elements that saw it highly commended in the 2015 Eat Drink Design Awards.
Fitzroy is jam-packed with fascinating finds. Don’t come here looking for malls and mainstream, you’ll be bitterly disappointed. Together with its neighbours, Fitzroy is an epicentre of creativity and artistic expression, overflowing with makers, creators, inventors and reincarnators.
Right in the heart of this progressive postcode is an old electrical transformer warehouse, which has recently been converted, in showstopping fashion, into a stunning restaurant – so gracefully, it’s as though it was always the intention. Breathe Architecture are responsible for the transformation, planting their unmistakable style-stamp on the vegetarian eatery in a way that’s been turning heads since open day.
Like all good warehouse reincarnations, as much as possible of the original structure has been retained. From the exterior, the bland, factory brickwork has been celebrated, acting as a canvas for an impressive example of the beautiful street art that brings colour to many pockets of Fitzroy.
Inside, weathered exposed bricks washed in white and original windows in black, combine with the polished concrete floors and the white paint peeling off the original ceiling timbers and trusses to create monochromatic magic.
The interiors are divided into three dining segments and a bar area, each separated by rough concrete dividers topped with black wire mesh supporting lush-looking ivy, ever clambering up towards the skylights. Over the bar area, a huge black iron ring supports more greenery, this time hanging plants that brush the industrial base with a feathery softness.
Cantilevered banquette seating is covered in gorgeous black and white fabric, with matching cushions sitting plumply beside a smattering of cushions in sorbet-yellow. A subdued rainbow of colourful glassware tops the tables in mismatching fashion, and seems to be the only erratic element in this mostly ordered and expertly balanced interior.
GO HERE IF
You love vegetarian food and a good industrial makeover – finished with order and symmetry.
SIX WORD SUMMARY
Greenery and graffiti in reimagined warehouse