Occupying a prime position along Melbourne’s Southbank precinct and offering stunning views over the Yarra River via a large exterior decking, Ludlow Bar acts as a multifunctioning, habitable restaurant all year round.
The space itself had manifested in a number of bars and restaurants before, each with a name on the tip of your tongue but none so inspired that they bear prominence in your memory, so the new owners decided to enlist the help of Maddison Architects to undertake a major renovation and revitalise the interior.
Taking a year to complete, every inch of this space was meticulously planned, from the craftsmanship of the recycled oak to the exposed piping in the bathrooms.
Madison envisioned a space that juxtaposed the flashy embellishments of neighbouring Crown Casino and the high-rise apartments staring over from the other side of the river, allowing Ludlow Bar to stand out thanks to its architectural articulation and industrial design.
With functionality being the owner’s primary objective, the division of the space into two main sections created versatility; with one section providing a casual café feel and the other offering a more cosy, private dining experience.
Sustainability was a key factor in the design, with mixed mode environments reducing heating and air-conditioning costs, while the furniture and lighting were custom made by a selection of local Australian designers including POMP, Volka Lighting and Henry Pilcher.
A rare melding of materials are integrated throughout, including handmade Argentinian tiles, marble and oak, off-set by concrete blocks and steel to create a textured rawness which Madison Architects say provide lineage to the precinct’s industrial heritage.
Ludlow Bar’s bold, earthy palette gives the interiors a warm and inviting feel with an element of edginess deserving of every praise.