Hunter & Barrel
Eastlands Shopping Centre, Ringwood VIC
Hunter & Barrel — food and wine; it’s a heady and dependable mix. The look is one of an upmarket shooter’s cottage in the wilds of Bavaria (rather than the Shop R04 of Westfield). It’s a convincing conversion that provides interest and comfort.
The venue was designed by One Design Office (ODO) and constructed by Tú Projects.
The selected finishes include reclaimed timbers, burnished steel, worn leather, powdercoated steel, rocks and bricks. A range of timbers were used with thanks to Urban Salvage and Time4Timber, both playing a big part in providing raw slabs and recycled timber options.
You’ve gotta love the deer graphic in the private dining room. According to ODO the deer print was its way of graphically representing the theme in a bold, yet restrained way. The slatted timber walls gives an immediate feeling of intrigue. Perhaps the audience is peering in from the log cabin or perhaps through a forest — either way you are drawn in to catch a glimpse of the mighty stag. From a functional sense the screen also acts as a privacy barrier for small groups.
OVER A BARREL
Other elements such as the green wall were used to soften and break up the space by integrating a natural aspect to the venue. Every detail, from the leather chairs to the hanging branches and even the use of antlers turns up the log cabin dial further and who doesn’t have fun in a log cabin, I ask you.
The build program ran for seven weeks and in that time the Tú team worked to retain all the carefully observed detail in the ODO brief. From design to build a wide range of stakeholders were involved inclusive of interior designers, graphics designers, the marketing team, the chef and the operations manager. The result is a venue with a strong identity that looks the part.