The Shipping Lane Restaurant, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Restaurant Interior Design / Project Management
285 sqm including commercial kitchen, toilets and retail area
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Perth Shipping Lane Restaurant Interior Design and Project Management
In the new, upscale area of Leighton Beach, there is limited choice for entertainment. The client wanted to create a venue that welcomed everyone, from those dressed for an evening out to those walking in off the beach with sandy feet, to enjoy fine food and the beautiful view. He also saw the need to provide everyday basics (milk, ice cream, newpapers) for the residents living in the surrounding apartments.
This space was nothing but a concrete shell but had amazing views out to sea, perfect for watching the steady stream of freighters lining up to enter Fremantle Port on the horizon. Although the tenancy had lots of potential, it came with an incredibly difficult list of strata restrictions. Several committee meetings were required to win over the residents of this complex, most of whom were extremely wary of having a (potentially) loud and busy restaurant adjacent to their homes. Common walls needed special treatment to ensure no resident was affected by the new restaurant. Nothing could be fixed to the common areas, and all alfresco furnishings needed to be easily removable, leaving no trace, before the restaurant closed each night. Construction also needed to be scheduled to ensure no resident was affected by noise or trades.
Once The Shipping Lane opened, even the toughest residents’ in the complex were converted and are now regular customers. Liz Sheehan from The Sydney Morning Herald has said: