Refurbishing David Jones Food Hall, Elizabeth Street, Sydney

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Entrenched in history dating back to 1838, the modern adaptation of this iconic department store’s food hall located on the lower ground of David Jones Elizabeth Street is revived into a gourmet marketplace.

i2C were engaged by Mainbrace Constructions to assist with the documentation for the Food Hall refurbishment. The concept of the food hall was to integrate the original history and features of the building and align these with the current needs and aesthetic of the gastronomic consumer.

Photo: Mainbrace Construction
Photo: Mainbrace Construction

Original brass balustrades down the marble stairs are re-introduced throughout material choices in the kiosk designs and the historic hand-forged lift doors elevating to the upper levels are retained as decorative wall panelling. This then juxtaposed against a modern monochromatic colour scheme of white, black and grey for products to sit against a clean, fresh, natural palette. Low ceilings and an unknown structure derived through years of historic renovations made the space challenging to plan. A hands-on approach was required, adapting with the building throughout the process. Exposed ceilings kept the height of the space elevated beyond its original dimensions, and an angular ceiling void dispersed natural light into the moody ambience. David Jones’  iconography is subtlety dispersed throughout the lower ground space.

The space has been designed with romanticism in mind. Divided into curated kiosk designs, each with its own specialty of food and dine-in option, the spaces all intertwined so the consumer traffics through the entire space, maximising the “Gourmet Food” experience.

Photo: Blake Brockdorff, Archishot
Photo: Mainbrace Construction
Photo: Mainbrace Construction
Photo: Blake Brockdorff, Archishot

Client: David Jones and Mainbrace Constructions

Builder: Mainbrace Constructions

Location: Sydney, NSW

 

Maggie Steele

Maggie Steele

Associate Architect