NZ finalists in international awards

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Entrance to Libertine by Pack & Company.

Entrance to Libertine by Pack & Company. Image: Project VR

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Booth style seating sits alongside large, functional tables in the dining area.

Booth style seating sits alongside large, functional tables in the dining area. Image: Project VR

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Libertine bar and eatery.

Libertine bar and eatery. Image: Project VR

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Entrance to Milse by Cheshire Architects.

Entrance to Milse by Cheshire Architects. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Rear wall detail at Milse.

Rear wall detail at Milse. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Screen and ceiling detail at Milse.

Screen and ceiling detail at Milse. Image: Jeremy Toth

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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.


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