SNACKMAN is a wine & cocktail bar on a busy Brisbane street serving Chinese share plate cuisine under the canopy of a number of heritage-listed fig trees. The design creates a range of spatial experiences for patrons through volumetric differentiation and careful placement of program within the plan. Stripped, dark and minimal interiors contrast with the owner’s other restaurant Happy Boy next door, but the key gesture of the scheme was to straighten the lower portion of an existing curtain wall and replace it with an articulated façade of operable windows and doors which allows occupation and movement through; engagement with the street; and framed views out to the trees.
The trees are a constant presence within the space, particularly at night when their lights become the primary light source within the bar and their shadows dance along the organised rhythm of the new facade.
Photos: Shantanu Starick
Construction: Lindona Design & Construction