375 Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
(02) 9751 7005

The inner-west suburb of Glebe has welcomed a new small bar to its growing collection. Timbah resides in the hollowed-out basement of a narrow 1920s apartment block. The conversion of a dilapidated studio and 3 garages which morphed into Timbah was planned by owner Tim Smith, working with Surry Hills architectural firm environa studio as an extension to his Glebe Liquor bottle shop above.

Environa studio put together a rational plan (with a tight timeframe and budget) to make best use of the long, five metre wide space to accommodate the bar, amenities, seating for 50 patrons and a commercial kitchen. The design is a mix of raw and urban industrial elements which delivers a ‘mid-tech’ chic that allows the honesty of materials and structure to shine through. There is an occasional nod to the nearby Rozelle Bay, with reference to maritime and shipbuilding activities displayed with panache and simplicity.

A warm palette of raw timber, form work ply and exposed brick are enhanced with site-built elements, stretched sisal dividing screens and simple plywood stools upholstered in brandy-coloured vinyl. Fixed wall panels made of untreated hardwood fence palings conceal accent lighting. The dark floor of form ply, black painted ceiling and acoustic panels add to the intimacy.

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