Commercial

Aerial

Open to captivating sky-high city views, This makes a grand entrance, in fine Melburnian style.

Client

Food and Desire

Collaborators

Andrew Ashston

Photographer

Tom Blachford

Status

Completed while director of meme

Greeting South Wharf’s metropolitan riverside with bold forms and striking detail, Aerial epitomises high end Melbourne hospitality for our client, Food & Desire.

Our engaging, atmospheric design provides a flexible infrastructure to enable quick, radical changes in character for a diverse array of events; from weddings through to corporate launches.

A brooding street level entry is the intriguing prelude to the experience above. On arrival, guests pass a tinted glass façade to ascend a dramatic black concrete stair, formed and poured in situ with a black steel balustrade. Woven carefully through existing concrete structure, a five metre drop of rich silver curtain pairs with a geometric Bec-Brittain pendant to complete the delicate composition, artfully concealing back-of-house storage at ground floor. 

The sense of theatre continues in the elevated main venue, through surfaces of marble, mirror and metallic sheen. Visitors proceed through the convivial landing space to enjoy pre-party and dinner drinks, remaining screened from the open floor by full-height curtains in gold and silver. 

The concrete pleated LED wall is programmable to allow infinite variations of mood from day to night, while large glass panels slide open to welcome a connection to the city below. Expansive windows at this enviable vantage point project outward, bringing a connective, balcony-like quality to the interior.