Hogg & Lamb took cue from Far East at time of Art Deco exuberance when designing Duck&Rice restaurant
Duck&Rice is a Cantonese restaurant and bar located on a rooftop in Westfield Sydney, seven levels above Pitt Street Mall. The menu is based on Cantonese cuisine with provincial Chinese influence. The venue was designed by Brisbane-based architectural design practice Hogg & Lamb.
“Duck&Rice recalls the exoticism of the far East at a time of Art Deco exuberance. A Modern Cantonese experience in a setting embellished with a fusion of Chinese and Style Moderne references with bespoke installations including a luminous Lantern Room, metal screens, opulent island Bar and glistening glass-tube chandeliers. The spacious tenancy is broken down into several smaller spaces, delivering 400 covers across a variety of spatial and dining experiences. Within the mall area, a collection of large tables creates an activated area for banquet style dining. Moving into the venue, guests are greeted by ornamental moon gates set into metal screens, together with a parquetry floor, they create a threshold to a timber lined dining room. An intimately scaled venue for lunchtime and evening dining. Inside the larger volume, a central bar fulfils multiple roles as room divider and lighting installation, transforming into a glowing centrepiece as the venue transitions from day to evening. Custom booth seating to the perimeter form an inviting setting for serious dining or casual drinks. The generous rooftop terrace accommodates outdoor dining and drinking under the stars. The scale of Lantern Room is apparent from a distance, signalling it presence and drawing patrons to the most remote tenancy of the shopping centre. Upon approach the Lantern room reveals itself as a luminous outdoor setting to occupy and enjoy. Duck & Rice explores a fusion of Chinese and Art Deco design motifs as a means to heighten the Modern Cantonese dining experience. Bold geometric patterns with definite angles and a clear preference for symmetry in design all symbolized the wave of an industry that was transforming Shanghai and Hong Kong in the 30s, whilst custom lanterns, bespoke metal screens and moon gates combine with elaborately detailed timberwork to weave a rich tapestry, embedded with historical, cultural and decorative references. Circle motifs pay homage to the Chinese symbol meaning “fulfilled”. These emerge as fluted, curved and circular elements at various scales. The centre-piece of the fit out best describes the intention of this powerful visual symbol. An opulent glistening chandelier, made of 450 linear metres of borosilicate glass tubes creates a dazzling canopy suspended over the central bar. Curved dining booths and tubular, art deco inspired light fittings further reinforce the curved forms expressed in walls, floors and ceilings. A sense of authenticity permeates through the project through the selection of natural materials and fine craftsmanship. The generous use of metals, glass and a variety of luxurious marbles speak to the opulence and exuberance of the 30’s. Natural timber parquetry flooring, moulded timber to the bar and dining room create an atmosphere which is both charming and authentic. These heavier timber elements are offset by finely crafted brass and glass to describe an air of decorative quality,” said Michael Hogg and Greg Lamb, founders of Hogg & Lamb
- Location: Sydney, Australia
- Date completed: 2019
- Size: 8,610 square feet
- Design: Hogg & Lamb
- Photos: Christopher Frederick Jones