Brasserie and Bar Charles Grand / COX Architecture + H&E Architects
Text description provided by the architects. Refined cuisine and skilfully selected wines are to be enjoyed in spaces as luxurious as they are. With this in mind, COX transformed the art deco ACA building at 66 King Street – creating an epicurean playground for three new venues – The Charles Grand Brasserie & Bar. and Tiva. COX Architecture led the interior design, with collaboration on interior architecture and site works from H&E Architects. The Charles Grand Brasserie & Bar celebrates the city’s elegance and art deco splendour, with interiors that toast to life well lived. Downstairs is Tiva, a basement lounge that seems to revive the glory days of sophisticated debauchery. In directing the interiors of each unique space, COX sought to pay homage to the past, while celebrating the future of Sydney’s world-class hospitality scene. Three spaces, each uniquely styled but with consistent consistency of product offerings. Of European origin, they capture layers of food and drink, serve 21 hours a day.
“Iinformed. Through the conceptual narrative of “Future Nostalgia”, our design draws inspiration from the building’s rich heritage, reimagined through a contemporary lens. The three locations, while unique in their offering, create an evocative sensory experience.“Brooke Lloyd, COX Design Director.
Entering from King Street, guests are greeted with fluttering layers of velvet curtains with a dimly lit concierge – organizing the arrival experience, whether guided to the grand brasserie or the wine bar. The double-height volume of the large brasseries exudes luxury with bold tibero stone banquettes and an open kitchen to take in the theatrics of the dining experience. Adjacent to the large brasserie is the wine bar, an intimate space with wine bottles lined up in the window, attracting intrigued strollers. The wine bar complements the large brasserie, hosting the Charles experience. You can start with a glass of wine at the bar, move on to a long lunch at the great brasseries and descend to the club to end the evening.
The basement living room, Tiva, is accessible via a separate entrance to juxtapose the classic authenticity of the Charles. As you enter the subterranean basement, the space reveals a rough lux character, balancing the exposed layers of the structure with smooth elements that are seemingly hewn from the fabric. This exclusive lounge welcomes the voyeur, where voluptuous benches frame the central lounge.