The brief for
'Frond' was to create a restaurant to take New Zealand into the
new millennium. I decided that instead of taking the obvious path
of high tech, futuristic type design, I would try to create a space
that utilised New Zealand's great natural beauty. For
me, one of the most prominent symbols of New Zealand is the fern
frond, or 'koru'. This is the origin of both the restaurant's name
and the dominant shape throughout.
I decided to
split the space into three separate areas - a casual cafe downstairs,
a lounge area and dance floor on the mezzanine and a more formal
restaurant on the top floor. In the cafe area, I have used booth
style seating. The booths are giant aluminium korus, shaped to form
an enclosure over and around the seating area. The giant korus,
as well as giant fern shapes, are distributed around the ground
floor. The floor surface on the ground floor is coated in leaves
and varnished so the overall effect is that of being in a dense
area is a transitional space. While still dark and forest-like,
it is much roomier than the cafe area, and can be used as a dance
floor. There is also a lounge area on the mezzanine.
the formal dining area, is a more contemporary space. It is a lot
lighter, with an enourmous window overlooking the street below,
and a glass ceiling.
Look at Frond
To view the
design, you can either click on any of the thumbnails to the left
to see still images, or any of the thumbnails to the right to see
a QuickTime Virtual Reality scene. To navigate through the scenes,
you can either use the arrow keys or hold down the left mouse button.
To zoom in press 'Shift' and to zoom out press 'Ctrl'. To move forward
to another part of the scene, drag the mouse pointer until it turns
into an arrow and press the left mouse button.
are roughly 1 MB in size so they may take a minute to download -
but it's worth the wait. Both the still images and the QTVRs were
modelled using ArchiCAD 6.0
and rendered in Art*Lantis 3.5