Sited above an existing restaurant and lounge at the top end of town, the Siglo bar and terrace reveals one of Melbourne’s best vistas. Immediate neighbour to the Princess Theatre, the site overlooks Spring Street, Parliament House and its gardens – all factors the client could not ignore when considering the additional venue on the site.
While providing such advantages the site also held constraints through both planning and construction – the building was set back from the street frontage, designed to sit quietly in its surrounds. When emerging from the entry staircase, the glass and steel pavilion theatrically frames the iconic “Benjamin Fuller” mural along the side of the Princess Theatre before leading patrons toward the checkerboard tiled terrace and the sought after view.
The tartan pattern of the steel allows a completely permeable building, with most glazed panels part of an operable louvered system – the green and grey glasshouse capable of coping with Melbourne’s unpredictable weather with ease, while achieving an equally free-flowing aesthetic. Varying shades of glass were utilized to enhance the texture of the tartan pattern, the green not dissimilar to the countless wine bottles housed below.