Aborio

Completed

2003

Location

New Plymouth

Studio

New Plymouth

Housed in New Plymouth’s Puke Ariki - a museum, library, and information centre complex -  Arborio is a café/restaurant/bar with a difference. Back lit glass, stainless steel ‘plate’ counter tops and graphics provide the basic tools to set the scene. The combination of these materials with the stained timber battens and backlit textured walls enhance the patrons' experience. Existing steel columns in the dining areas were shielded with an array of perspex fins - subtle reference to the ‘hour glass’ form. Theatre and drama was introduced through L.E.D. and fibre optic technology that backlits bar counter and wall. The lights are programmable and can be set to change over a period of time adding another dimension. The open kitchen theatre is a deliberate detail to enhance a voyeuristic experience for the discerning.

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