New Quarter

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Interior Design / Hospitality: Bar and Restaurant
  • Company/Firm
    Ewert Leaf
  • Lead Designer
    Ana Calic
  • Design Team
    Tess Carpenter
  • Architect
    Ewert Leaf
  • Interior Designer
    Ana Calic & Tess Carpenter
  • Const. Company
    Koble Projects
  • Location
    79 Swan Street, Richmond, Victoria 3121
  • Project Date
    March 2021

The brief called to reinvigorate the existing iconic 160m2, Hanoi Hannah New Quarter to reflect Commune Groups fresh, new take on their menu and edgy approach to Melbourne inspired Vietnamese cuisine, embracing the flavours and history of the local Richmond area.

A multidisciplinary collaborative approach was taken, uniting architecture, brand, fine art and photography to create a unique venue that is both rich in colour and texture whilst restrained in approach.

Completed in March 2021, the uncertainty of the Melbourne’s hospitality landscape, shortage of available materials and various lockdowns initially proved challenging during the design and construction periods. However, these restraints also allowed us to embrace a new perspective on the way we approach design.

This new founded opportunity focused on collaborating with local craftspeople and specialist trades to create bespoke, custom design solutions unique to New Quarter. These crafted elements, including hand troweled rendered walls teamed with hand painted coloured accents, locally manufactured furniture and joinery can be seen and experienced throughout the venue.