Australian based studio Daarc – Architecture + Interiors has recently completed The Courtyard, an edgy restaurant and bar located in Townsville, Australia. Through the use of salvaged materials, the designers transformed the space into a relaxing atmosphere, and an invitation to conversation.
The dramatic interior was creatively developed with inexpensive materials, all choices revolving around the concept of ‘reduce, re-use and recycle’. Custom graphics throughout the space cheer up the atmosphere, while the large custom wall mural by Rod Barr transforms an ordinary concrete wall into a masterpiece.
The interior of The Courtyard is like an explosion of colours, dramatic, yet relaxing in the same time.
Project Description from Daarc – Architecture + Interiors
The clients wanted a venue with a relaxed atmosphere and had a shoestring budget. The Courtyard is the phenomenal result and is the perfect location for an afternoon or after work drink.
The fit-out is constructed mainly from recycled timber palettes, reclaimed bricks and a whole lotta astroturf. It’s salvaged kitschy cool, it’s about fun and bucket-loads of it.
Once inside The Courtyard you have many choices when it comes to choosing where to perch yourself…so ask yourself – Do I feel quirky? Well, do you punk? The Courtyard has been designed with a variety of seating options and has been designed so from every seat there is something to draw your attention and entertain.
Am I someone who would prefer to drink inside with the gnomes in the comfortable booth seating? Would I prefer to mingle at the bar amongst the mix-matched timber chairs and find out what is in all those jars? Free drinks if you guess the correct numbers of items in each jar. Or would I like to sit amongst the flamingos under the warm glow of Edison bulbs and colourful rainbow brollies and be enveloped in the lush lawn?
Once you have settled in, you can feel good about yourself knowing that you’re drinking and dining session is contributing to the reduce/reuse/recycle green movement. Enjoy your drunken spider relaxing in the knowledge that the furniture and joinery is constructed from salvaged timber pallets.
Our design was inspired from the green mantra of “reduce, re-use and recycle”. There was no money for fancy finishes, so we used cheap and salvaged materials creatively and used lighting to highlight these elements providing maximum drama and theatre on a tight budget. The large custom wall mural by Rod Barr turned a sad looking concrete blockwall into a visual masterpiece.
If you love a good time and don’t take yourself too seriously then The Courtyard is for you. With a mouth-watering food and beverage menu the sooner you come and taste for yourself the better…and please Don’t Piss off the Gnome!
Name of project: The Courtyard
Type of project: Restaurant + Bar
Design: Daarc – Architecture + Interiors
Team: Simone Barr
Outdoor Mural: Rod Barr
Location: Townsville, QLD, Australia
Date of project: July 2014
Client: Jamie Fitzpatrick and Wayne Greenwood
Size: 140 m²
Photography: Scott Burrows
Materials: Recycled Timber Pallets, Salvaged Bricks, Astroturf
*All images and information courtesy of Daarc – Architecture + Interiors.