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Key Dates

4 February - Launch Event
26 March - Standard Deadline
16 June - Final Deadline
18 June - Judging
25 June - Winners Announced
11 August - Awards Presentation

 
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Project Overview

Tasmania has fast become a foodie destination, and Sisterhood, located in the waterfront suburb of Sandy Bay, Hobart, is one of its newest restaurant-cafés. Inspired by a recent trip to Tulum, we created a warm and inviting environment that feels like a tropical destination in the comfort of a local community. Accommodating takeaway, dine-in, large groups and furry friends, Sisterhood offers openness for the sense of community as well as cosier areas for solace.

Project Commissioner

Sisterhood

Project Creator

Biasol

Project Brief

Tasmania has fast become a foodie destination as the next generation of restaurateurs focus on fresh produce and good design to bring the community together. Sisterhood is one of Tasmania’s newest hospitality offerings, located in the waterfront suburb of Sandy Bay, Hobart. Wanting to put the exciting new all-day eatery on the map, we designed a warm, inviting and textured environment with boho charm inspired by a recent trip to the tropical paradise of Tulum.

Sisterhood owner Yasmin Chung wanted to create a timeless, fun and vibrant restaurant-café that customers can frequent daily to enjoy good food and friendly service. Chef Joshua Mathewson (named one of Tasmania’s 30 most influential chefs by The Mercury) created the menu, and using fresh, seasonal and local produce he cooks everyday dishes with a modern twist. We designed the interiors and branding to express Sisterhood’s inclusivity as well as evoke a sense of escapism. Looking to the coastal setting, we created a casual and easy-going experience that feels like a tropical destination in the comfort of a local community.

Project Innovation/Need

The design is inspired by a recent trip to Tulum, where food, design and community are at the forefront of its tranquillity and charm. Layering textures and earthy tones we created an elegant and calming space to reflect the coastal location and imbue a sense of nostalgia for a holiday escape. Timber joinery and furniture has rattan detailing, and rattan light shades hang overhead. Soft-green tiles clad the counters; tropical wallpaper enlivens the sunroom; and an abundance of plants adds greenery and life. The dark-emerald communal tabletop is inspired by Tulum’s lush rainforests, and burnt-orange in the branding evokes Tasmania’s lichen-covered rocky coastline.

Sisterhood is spatially designed to accommodate takeaway, dine-in, large groups and furry friends, offering openness for the sense of community as well as cosier areas for solace. A coffee counter and window seats inside the entrance cater for on-the-go customers and casual drinks. Dine-in guests can take a seat at the bar, enjoy the company of others at the communal table, or nestle into a banquette inside the restaurant-café or outside on the patio and sunroom.

Design Challenge

Being quite a close-knit community, we wanted to bring the people of Sandy Bay and surrounding area something unique. Tasmania is known for its hospitality and fantastic produce, so another hospitality destination needed to bring the community together, and truly serviced the ‘locals’. The challenge was in the design and ensuring that the warmth and inclusiveness of a community-like environment was created. Through the design of the interiors and the brand we believe we have created the everyday, friendly community destination for food and drink in Sandy Bay.

Sustainability

We have always designed with the intention to withstand the test of time. All of our interiors have the intention to be timely, yet timeless. The concept here perfectly suited our design philosophy as where able, food and produced is sourced locally supporting local business and farmers.




This award celebrates innovative and creative building interiors where people eat and drink - this includes bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs. Judging consideration is given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes, aesthetic presentation and functionality. Consideration also given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.
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