This iconic Australian restaurant, situated right on St Kilda beach, was sadly raised to the ground a few years ago from a kitchen fire. The Stokehouse was an institution visited by all who were always warmly welcomed. The ground floor held a buzzing bar/café for leisurely meals and drinks from sun-up to sun-down, while upstairs was the fine dining restaurant.
It’s position was glorious with views of sparkling waters, sailing boats, beach bathers and activity along the adjacent board walk.
PGMD was brought in to re-invigorate the fine dining restaurant, transforming the establishment in to an erudite yet fun place to be in; creating an ambience which suggested the luxury and sophistication of a fine dining restaurant at a coveted beach resort.
The lighting design followed suit. By day the top floor was bathed in natural sunlight. Lighting design ensured it didn’t compete, after dark, with the night time oceanic vistas. Hidden lighting emitted a golden glow from within folded brass clad columns positioned between the banquette and tabled areas. LED lighting embedded in the existing coves lit up the ceiling in a soft wash of light. And the general illumination provided dimly lit scenes creating intimacy and allowed the night time view of the sea to come forth.
A bar and lounge were created, and PGMD designed a shiny brass bar which juxtaposed the new beachy off-white banquettes. The bar lounge lead to the vast balcony where an aperitivo or a glass of champagne seemed always the natural drink of choice. Above the lounge area glossy surface mounted downlights provided lighting and added a decorative element on the striped timber ceiling.
The lighting was integrated in to interior elements allowing the interior design and views to take precedence, and was a catalyst in creating this insouciantly luxurious retreat.
(The new Stokehouse St Kilda is currently being resurrected. PGMD are again undertaking the interior design, and SGM-LCD are honoured to once more to be involved in the lighting design)