Tour leaders got together on Wednesday evening 25 July to visit the inspiring 'Workshops 1' studio of Dunn + Hillam architects at Botany and then dine with Koichi Takada at his wonderful Sushi Train "Cave" restaurant in Maroubra. Terence Yong, volunteer tour leader of the AAA's Surry Hills Walking Tour organised the event.
We were offered an introduction to the Dunn + Hillam practice, including a tour of their studio and the opportunity to mingle over some wine. The practice's
aim is to provide sustainable architecture, lead by design principal Ashley Dunn and Lee Hillam. The studio space is quite wonderful in its simplicity - the use of plywood
sheeting for the interior walls, ceiling and furniture give a warmth. The 2nd floor provides additional space and an abundance of northerly light through polycarbonate wall
material. Manually lifted doors allow the studio space to flow to the garden outside.
The Sushi Train in Maroubra provided a great contrast to the simplicity of the studio, yet it used the same material - plywood. Pywood ribbing provides a great curiosity on Anzac Parade - and it appears to be well patronised. The plywood ribbing extends from the base of the side walls across the ceiling space creating a 'cave' effect. Lighting a various points in the 'ribbing' provides for further curiosity. Koichi Takada talked through his brief and some of his other projects, including the Ocean Room restaurant at Circular Quay West, in the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Tour leaders lingered over sushi and a few drops for the rest of the night.
Thanks to Terrence for organising and of course to Dunn + Hillam and Koichi Takada!