A bar and bistro that celebrates modern French cuisine and Clarence Corner's history.
The brief also required the space to double up as a location for private events, wine-tasting hub and place for intimate parties. The former rendered walls were peeled back to expose the original brick walls and arches. Elements of French industrial design are combined with traditional Australian carpentry to create something unique and memorable to an evolving South Brisbane precinct.
Clarence Corner is an important piece of Woolloongabba history, in which C'est Bon sits at the centre.
Formerly tenanted by the Heinz Meats butcher, the bar is located in a Heritage building on Stanley St, South Brisbane. One of the significant challenges in the project was to update the interior but ensure that the heritage of the building is protected. This meant coming up with clever solutions, such as the steel arches in which conduits and lighting could be mounted, to ensure any intervention was touching the significant walls lightly.
The bar furnishings have been updated, while maintaining a harmonious interior balance between heritage and contemporary textures, exemplified by the red-brick walls and steel arches which center the space. Past the kitchen sits the Cellar – a secluded nook where C’est Bon stores numerous hard-to-find bottles. It doubles as a private event space, wine-tasting hub and intimate party location, with cork-lined walls and a large communal table.
James Davidson, Britt Hill, Martin Arroyo, Clive Ba-Pe
Concept Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, Contract Administration
JDA has been involved in the revival of a number of significant heritage buildings that are a part of Brisbane's history. Innovative 3D laser scanning has allowed us to produce highly accurate documentation both internally and externally, which has allowed an unprecedented level of accuracy and efficiencies during the design and building process. For our heritage work in particular, these laser scans or "point clouds" create perfect 3D records of important buildings oor spaces for others to explore.