Photographer – David Sievers Photography
Housed in a bluestone villa on the Henley esplanade is Little Shoo; showcasing a clever merger of quintessential 1900’s Adelaidean beachfront home with chic restaurant. Ignoring the whims of trend, and the potential clichés of typical beachside restaurants, we have created a spatial experience reminiscent of a by-gone era of faded sunrooms and afternoons whiled away. Throughout this project the preservation of character features was of upmost importance, enabling the building’s story to continue.
Embracing the original terrazzo flooring and bluestone walls in the sunroom, lofty ceilings and original French doors, the new material palette was developed age and harmonise with these original features allowing the new space to settle into its existing skin and locale.
The colour palette draws on the changing hues of the landscape. Layering of sunset pinks and bleached timbers in the deck and sunroom, are chased with intense rich warm timber floors, walnut accents, and a deeper green terrazzo bar suggesting a wintry, churning ocean, and ageing jetties. Ageing brass detailing, natural stone and ambient lighting create an intimate dining experience, while double sided fireplace complete with original surrounds and marble mantle invoke a sense of warmth and sanctuary.