Bluestone Bar & Kitchen

TypeRestaurant fit outLocationLaunceston, TasmaniaClientThe Sebel HotelYear2018StatusCompleteArchitectCumulus StudioImagesRenee Hodskiss

Breaking free from the existing hotel restaurant footprint, Bluestone Bar & Kitchen frames heritage elm trees with elevated ceilings, broad eastern windows and extended outdoor dining.

As the name attests, interior materials reflect the geology and built context of Launceston. New visitors will first notice the bluestone tile bar, finished with overhead shelving and an impressive collection of Tasmanian spirits. Soft blues then extend throughout the restaurant, offset by fine Tas Oak joinery and brown leather seating.

Separated dining spaces and an intimate lighting approach account for a range of occasions, with thin pendant lights lining the open, eastern wing and playful lamps stretching along the dark, rear walls.

A departure from the existing form, Bluestone was designed to separate restaurant from hotel. By escaping preconceived notions of hotel dining, the popular new restaurant supports a diverse customer base extending well beyond hotel guests.