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Situated within the Brisbane Powerhouse – a heritage listed contemporary multi-arts venue, the Watt Restaurant refurbishment consisted of significant alterations and additions to an existing restaurant and bar.  The creation of a centralized concrete bar, and a series of event spaces surrounding it, was integral to enhancing the patron experience and the operational efficiency.

The service elements (kitchen, service corridor, cold rooms & office) consume the deepest part of the restaurant’s plan, leaving the dining areas to the perimeter to have outward views to New Farm Park and the Brisbane River.  The use of finely detailed structural steelwork and hydraulic operable glass doors allows the views to remain as uninterrupted as possible.  A ‘folded’ mesh ceiling, backed with a sound absorbing material, was introduced to reduce the noise within the venue and to unify/conceal the numerous ceilings which were originally eyesores within the space.  A perforated brass sign with branding faces New Farm Park while concealing mechanical services for the project.

“…LADA nailed the brief and in fact surpassed TWG’s expectations, not only from a design perspective but most importantly, from a budgetary aspect. Their project management capabilities prior, during and post build were truly exceptional, due to their understanding of the Brisbane market; their clear & concise communication skills; and their ability to think outside the box when working in such a challenging location. TWG would not hesitate to re-engage LADA – and in fact, have reached out to Mat and Julie on various other times since WATT was completed. This is surely the ultimate test of any successful commercial relationship – the confidence and pleasure of re-engaging.”

General Manager Business Development, Trippas White Group

Trippas White Group
Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Rohrig (Qld)
Alex Taskov/Rohrig (Commercial Kitchen)
WSP Group (Services Consultant)
RPS (Town Planner)
Bligh Tanner (Structural Engineer)
Wilde & Woollard (Quantity Surveyor)
Certis (Building Certifier)
Scott Burrows Photographer