This famous restaurant had been established many years earlier, run successfully by a series of well-known chefs. Oddly, it had been built with the restaurant seating area oriented toward the road running from the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, whilst the kitchen faced postcard views of the Botanic Gardens and city skyline.
We expanded the building and turned it around, creating three distinct areas that would showcase the assets of its landmark location: a restaurant with city views, a café area facing the Art Gallery, and a kiosk with an outlook of the Botanic Gardens.
Reusing the steel beams of the original structure, we created covered outdoor terraces with folding doors and glass louvres that opened up to make the restaurant interior feel like an extension of the Botanic Gardens. The new kitchen faced the road, with skylights to enhance the workspace with natural light.
Being separated by a custom designed bar area, the restaurant and café had the flexibility to be combined into a single space, allowing the capacity for use as a function space. The circular ceiling was illuminated by uplights mounted on elliptical columns, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere nestled in the midst of an exotic garden. TMD also designed the restaurant and cafe menus and the building signage, all embellished with a Matisse-inspired motif.
Whether for an exclusive dining experience with knockout views, or a relaxed coffee by the gardens before a trip to the Art Gallery, Pavilion on the Park enjoyed a reputation as an iconic destination for both Sydney-siders and tourists for well over a decade.