The client bought the premises with the intention of opening a restaurant, beachside in Bucklands Beach, East Auckland.
Sitting somewhere between a restaurant and café, the brief was to provide a local gathering point serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a takeout window for coffee, ice cream and takeaway food. A place where people could drop in for a drink, a casual meal or pick up a a coffee whilst out dog walking.
The client also wanted to acknowledge the area’s history in the design, Bucklands Beach or Te Komiti was populated by Ngai Tai until the Musket wars. More recently in the early 1900’s Alfred Buckland farmed the land, his livestock including ostriches.
Using the cultural significance of the location as a starting point and in reference to those who inhabited the land previously, the bar was envisioned as a pounamu-like material, the large slabs of green marble (Indian Green Imperial) was the closest matching green stone that could be found. This continues from the back wall of the bar to the fireplace plinth and helps to center the space with its solidity. The pounamu green also references the seaside location and breaks up the predominantly white painted space with a bold jewel-tone finish.