The 81 shortlisted entries in the 2013 Eat-Drink-Design Awards have been pared back to reveal eight winners and 22 highly commended hospitality design projects.
The annual Eat-Drink-Design Awards — celebrating great-looking spaces in which to dine and drink across Australia and New Zealand — were announced at Melbourne’s Howler on November 12, 2013. Sadly, for us, there weren’t any New Zealand projects among those awarded, but there were some excellent Australian designs and a highly commended award for an Auckland favourite, The Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar, designed by NOTT architects.
The five-strong judging panel of Christine Manfield (chef and restaurateur); John Birmingham (author and food writer); Rachel Hurst (design writer); Dominic Alvaro (architect) and Cameron Bruhn (design media) selected the winners in six categories. They also awarded one extra special prize, the Hall of Fame Award, for enduring cultural and design value in a hospitality establishment. This was won by Melbourne’s Cafe Di Stasio designed in 1988 by architect Allan Powell, which judges said, “has been pivotal in transforming the gastronomic tone and amenity of its St Kilda environs, and more than any other restaurant in Australia has married the realms of food, culture and design”.
In the Best Bar Design category, the award was shared by two Melbourne venues, Prahran Hotel by Techne Architects and Hihou designed by Denton Corker Marshall, and when it came to Best Restaurant Design, it was the Farmhouse (Kings Cross, NSW) that the judges awarded.
Top Paddock Cafe (Richmond, VIC) designed by Six Degrees Architects and Nathan Toleman Design and Construction took the Best Cafe Design award, while Kitchen by Mike on Wheels, a “modern-day barrow” transformed into a pop-up diner by Koskela, was the winner of the Best Temporary Design.
The Best Retail Design award was won by Spring Street Grocer (Melbourne, VIC) by KGA Architects and the Best Identity Design award by Bar Di Stasio (St Kilda, VIC) by Collegamento - David Pidgeon, Robert Simeoni and Callum Morton.