Curious, W Melbourne’s iconic underground cocktail bar, nominated for 2022 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards


The W Melbourne’s iconic underground cocktail bar, Curious, has been named the winner in the Ceiling Design category at the 2022 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards.

Shortlisted in four categories in the Australia and Pacific region, Curious was also shortlisted for Outstanding Design Achievement in the Hotel, Lighting and Club/Night Venue categories.

Restaurant and bar design awards are the largest and most influential design competition for foodservice spaces in the world. Now in its 14th year, the awards recognize and celebrate the world’s most creative spaces and the people who support them.

Since opening in February 2021, Curious has become known for its innovative design and elevated experience. The bar has shaken up the cocktail scene in Australia’s cultural capital by bringing a distinctly bold atmosphere that defies expectations and invites patrons to engage in a curious sensory space.

Architecture and design group Hachem’s unique and unexpected design was inspired by the contrasts of the city of Melbourne, bringing to life the design narrative of W Melbourne, Reveal to Delight.

Drawn into the underground bar by a secret entrance on Market Street and by a spiral staircase, customers discover a cocoon space. Set grand by a ceiling covered entirely in wooden beams, creating an intimate space through the fascinating use of parametric beams. The rich design palette of dark tones and earthy materials further evokes an alluring yet lively feel and a sense of discovery.

For more information, visit W Melbourne.

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