Client: Sol Bar - Dunedin

Completion Date: 2006

The client's brief for this project was to convert the existing Coyotes Bar into a new sophisticated styled bar unique to Dunedin and catering to a more professional clientele.

The basis of the design was to create an environment more in keeping with an inner city bar. Part of the brief asked for a more contemporary feel and this was helped by replacing the existing timber windows with new silver anodised aluminium units and painting the walls an off-white colour while tying all of the areas together with an overlay Jarrah floor. Small darker areas were opened up by using frameless toughened glass walls and doors.

A snug area designed around a Gascraft fire, back-lit fish tanks built into the joinery, a 19m long stainless steel bar top, the use of quartz tiles to the bar areas and padded fabric wall panels and furniture selected by Otago Design are all features of the new bar. A semi-enclosed deck was developed to the St Andrew Street frontage which is accessed through sliding doors directly off the main bar space. The deck area also features a gas fire and plasma screen.

The most challenging aspect of this project was meeting a very limited timeframe. With only 7 weeks to design and document the project, including resource and building consents, before the contractor commenced and only an 8 week construction period, co-ordination of all trades was essential. A very willing and hands-on client greatly added to the success of this project.