Now in its fifth year, the UK-based Restaurant & Bar Design Awards celebrates the best food and beverage spaces from around the globe. The 2013 awards attracted 670 entries from 61 countries with a shortlist of 190 projects making the cut.
Libertine, in the redeveloped Victoria Park Market, is a finalist in the Australasia & Pacific bar category. Designed by Pack & Company’s creative director Sam Ansley, the freethinking space features a suspended floor taking advantage of the large northwest-facing windows and a huge tree towering over the bar area.
Dessert restaurant Milse is a finalist in the Australasia & Pacific restaurant category. Designed by Cheshire Architects as a hidden gem within the Britomart Pavilions development, this crystalline, cave-like eatery is getting rave reviews and took out the title of best hospitality space at the 2013 New Zealand Interior Awards.
This is the second year in a row that both design teams have made the finals, with Cheshire’s Café Hanoi and Pack & Co’s the Roxy making the shortlist last year.
Other New Zealand projects to be shortlisted include Little Nuffield by Material Creative, BinBin Deluxe by Lovelace & Co, and The Matakana Village Pub by Peter Were Architecture & Interiors.
The 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards judges include Moooi founder and CEO Casper Vissers; senior director of interior design for the Hilton Europe, Chris Webb; head of visual design at Harvey Nichols, Janet Wardley; restaurant critic for The Times, Giles Coren; founder and CTO for Mr & Mrs Smith, Tamara Lohan; and international editor of Time Out, Chris Bourn.
Winners will be announced 12 September.