Arbory Bar and Eatery, designed by Jackson Clements Burrow Architects (JCBA), was shortlisted for the 2015 IDEA Awards – public space category.
The projects polycarbonate exterior illuminates at night time – providing glowing ambiance and attraction. Timber selection includes a mixture of Victorian ash and spotted gum battens. Victorian ash is used to batten out the servery and inner walls of the bar while spotted gum is used in the external environment. JCBA’s brief was to transform a disused rail line into a public restaurant and bar that would “not only sit comfortably within the surrounding heritage context but also contribute positively to the local residents and the tourist experience of Melbourne”.
JCBA explain “The design of a series of white polycarbonate box buildings responds in an abstract manner to the linear nature of the rail lines, platforms and the river. A central passage extends from the east entry to the west allowing for direct and efficient movement through the interior of the project. Refined timber (Victorian ash) lined bars at each end of Arbory create a sense of comfort and enclosure while the gently rising and meandering entry path at the eastern end of the venue maintains a connection with the landscape and a sense of journey and delight from Flinders Walk… Pre-fabricated ‘kit of parts’ construction methodology ensured cost and onsite construction efficiencies were maximised.”
Building by the Rattray Group
Image by John Gollings Photography