The Fink Group worked with one of Australia’s leading architectural firms, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer on the multi-milliondollar refurbishment, the same firm responsible for Bennelong and OTTO Brisbane. The interior was conceived as an organic space reflective of Peter Gilmore’s nature inspired cuisine with added glamour embracing the restaurant’s location in the dress circle of Sydney Harbour.
Working with the brief ‘the biggest little restaurant in Australia’, Quay’s 100 seat dining room has been reduced to 80 seats across a number of small, intimate dining spaces. Whilst the upper and lower tower still hold 270º views sweeping the harbour, the dining room has been reoriented to open up to the Harbour Bridge, whilst still offering spectacular views of the Opera House.
The bespoke timber ceiling’s organic shape steps up in level to direct the gaze of diners upward and out towards the harbour views. The geometry references the existing curves of the ceiling designed by George Freedman, the original designer of Quay in 1988. Other materials derived from nature include stingray patterned divides, volcanic lava stone detailing glazed with a pattern evocative of cracked bark and a series of blue carpet pools referencing the ocean.
For the first time in Quay’s 30-year history, tables will be kept clear of linen, with beautiful custom timber top tables made from sustainable solid spotted gum by Planet Furniture. In addition, the Fink Group have commission up and coming Australian designer, Adam Goodrum to create The Quay Chair. Purpose built for the restaurant in a range of organic colours with chevron detailing to reference the Opera House shells.
The new space also features a ten-seat private dining room that faces the Sydney Opera House. The room features wall to ceiling mirrors and an elliptical table famed for its democratic intentions.
In following on from the Fink Group’s passion for art, the restaurant entrance is framed by Bronwyn Oliver’s Tide artwork; the signature piece that the Quay logo has been modelled from. The restaurant will also feature the captivating Teamlab animation, Four Seasons. Displayed in Quay’s upstairs event space, the piece is based on the rice fields of Tashibunosho, with the digital artwork synchronising with the actual sunrise, sunset and weather of the Japanese town.