An Old Power Station in Melbourne is Transformed Into A Modern Tiered Restaurant

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By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Dwell
A former power station on the western edge of Melbourne’s city centre has been repurposed into a dining destination with six new connected levels that wrap around the original brick structure.

Commissioned by Melbourne restaurateur Nathan Toleman, and designed by Melbourne-based studio DesignOffice, Higher Ground is comprised of a series of tiered platform suites that are anchored around the perimeter of the existing power station building, which is located near Southern Cross railway station.   

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The transformation resulted in a family of intimate modern spaces with a layered perspective and a touch of Art Deco.  

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Bold, geometric forms fill the space, including circular tables, conical lampshades, and a midnight blue staircase that's built against soaring support columns—each of which complement and contrast the rawness of the old building's existing brick-and-concrete structure.  

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Materials like terrazzo, painted steel, stone, black fiber board, and solid timbers add texture and solidity to the design concept, while plants, cork, rugs, and wooden high chairs bring a little levity to Higher Ground.  

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