Broadsheet is launching a new restaurant.

Unlike our previous bars and diners in Melbourne and Sydney, this one is more than somewhere to grab an excellent drink or meal with friends – it will serve as an incubator for boundary pushing food concepts and talent, with four chefs each receiving a three-month residency, voted in by a panel of judges that represent the very best in Australian dining.

Given the fast-paced, transient nature of the project, the interior design requires a similar level of innovation. Enter Foolscap Studio – a cross-disciplinary design practice that has produced a plethora of award-winning hospitality fit-outs. Among its past projects: Noma Australia, Uncle Collins Street, a retro-futurist Sensory Lab in the Melbourne CBD, and the Broadsheet Sydney Restaurant, among others.

Director Adele Winteridge says the Broadsheet Kitchen project is going to require a “fresh take on the potential that a hospitality space can offer.”

“It’s got to be a lively, supportive environment that feels uniquely atmospheric for chefs and patrons alike,” she says.

Winteridge and her team will not only be creating a fit-out that allows for “different dining experiences from morning to night” – a challenge in any all-day dining project – it must also accommodate different chef residencies.

“We will create a static backdrop, based on an open kitchen concept that has built-in elements, which will change with each residency. These touchpoints will respond individually to each chef who inhabits the space.

“We don’t want to give too much away just yet! It’ll be really fun.”

Designing for people and businesses the team hasn’t met is one of the biggest hurdles, Winteridge says, but is also a great opportunity for lateral thinking.

“Ordinarily, we’d go through a thorough briefing and discovery session to understand the end user’s needs and desires. So, we’ll need to provide enough flexibility within the design to be able to accommodate different ways of cooking and working.

“That challenge is also what makes this project exciting. Designing for the transiency of the project is exciting too – there are all kinds of considerations, particularly around sustainability, that come with projects with a finite life span.”

While style specifics will depend on the winning residents, Foolscap’s preliminary concept will celebrate an inclusive, vibrant atmosphere, with a raw, stripped-back aesthetic focused on natural materials, refined details, custom artwork and greenery.

“Within the one year, we’ve got four different life cycles, so there will be changing narratives and it’s going to be really enjoyable to discover them,” Winteridge says.

“We have such an exciting culinary landscape here in Australia and it’s great to see increasing diversity in the collaborative events and supportive dialogues that are taking place. We worked with Broadsheet on the Sydney restaurant and we’re thrilled to be working together again. We’ve got a feeling this one is going to be pretty special.”

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