A new rooftop bar and restaurant designed by Mitchell & Eades has opened in Melbourne and is set to change the hospitality scene of South Yarra. High in the sky, Beverly is beautifully designed and the place to go for fine cuisine and divine cocktails, not to mention the best bird’s eye view of Melbourne.
May 8th, 2023
As a new hospitality destination to drink and dine, Beverly has it all. It’s centrally located in the fashionable Melbourne suburb of South Yarra, the space itself is spectacular and the cocktails and cuisine are delicious. The semi inside/outside bar and restaurant is high in the sky on the 24th floor of Goldfields House on Chapel Street and the views are simply, outstanding.
The design of Beverly is by award-winning hospitality and hotel specialists, Mitchell & Eades and, as expected, the practice brings its formidable touch to the project. Think comfortable, curvaceous chairs in soft blush and mustard upholstery, with green and white candy-striped cushioning for lounges, all sitting on a custom travertine and black marble Palladiana tiled floor. This is Hollywood glamour meets LA rooftop bar with a refined Melbourne sensibility.
This rooftop venue has the best views in Melbourne with 270-degree vistas that encompass the Dandenong Ranges, the MCG, Yarra River and everything in between. Sliding and stackable glazed wall panels surrounding the internal space and, with a retractable roof, Beverly becomes a standout rooftop bar – a mere 24 floors high up in the sky.
To visit Beverly, simply take the lift up and walk a few steps to the entrance. From the first moments of arrival there is a vibe that is both welcoming and comfortable, with a bar to the left, semi-open kitchen to the right and the view straight ahead. Take it all in. Mitchell & Eades has interpreted the brief to perfection, translating the LA rooftop bar scene and Hollywood glamour to Melbourne, refining the design and creating a destination that will soon be on everyone’s must visit list.
The colour palette draws on muted shades of yellow, cream, green and ochre, blush pink accents, anchored with restrained touches of black. The effect is light, bright and relaxing. Materiality is marble, travertine and terrazzo, glass and mirror with brass highlights. And, there is something else, a subtle golden overtone (which is apt considering Beverly is located at the top of Goldfields House). Nothing garish mind, just a glow that is reflected and refracted in the materials from the ample natural light that penetrates the interior. Sunset is divine, the space bathed in a golden glow and as the sun goes down, the custom ambient lights shine discretely.
Lead on the project and associate at Mitchell & Eades, Stef Marsh, explains: “Part of our narrative was to capture the essence of golden hour in a Californian setting. This becomes a reality at sunset, the magical and beautiful golden light reflecting from all surfaces with a palette you would expect in LA.”
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Meeting and in this case exceeding the brief, Marsh and her team conceived a flexible space that can transform for any occasion. The client, Cameron Northway of Rocker, LOTI and Sweet & Chilli fame, along with Goldfield’s MD Marco Gattino and CEO Lachlan Thompson wanted to provide a new experience for customers. A rooftop bar and restaurant that was adaptable for every style of hospitality offering – whether a wedding, a party, quiet dinner for two, a night at the bar or a family gathering – Beverly can be re-configured to meet the requirement.
Marsh notes: “The furniture is completely flexible aside from the banquettes that flank the far ends of the venue. We also created a space tailored to both a bar and restaurant setting. It isn’t pretentious, just welcoming. You can sit anywhere in the space and receive the same exciting menu and attentive service.”
There were challenges in the design process. For example, creating and selecting furniture that is elevated and comfortable yet robust for the outdoors when the roof is open. The kitchen and bar sit tucked away from the open roof area. Open kitchens are always challenging to balance the operational requirements with an aesthetic that pleases the guest. Arched openings with lit fluted glass enable guests to capture the theatre of the kitchen without giving it all away. With very little wall and ceiling mass, an artistic mural was created to bring harmony to the palette. The shapes are organic in form, textural and layered. Any difficulties have been overcome and the end result is simply a wonderful space in which to relax.
Mitchell & Eades is an interior architecture and design practice with studios in Dubai, Melbourne and Brisbane. Focusing equally on the guest, the client and the operator in all of its hospitality-based projects, they pride themselves in delivering a contemporary vision of human experience. Co-founded by principals Hayley Mitchell and Samantha Eades, the practice creates enduring and exciting projects that have received a plethora of accolades.
With Marsh at the design helm of Beverly, this new rooftop bar and restaurant is certainly making a name for itself and will undoubtedly develop a stellar clientele in an Insta moment. The design details have been finely tuned and with renowned chef David Ball in the kitchen, the food is as much the hero as the décor with a spectacular view.
There is so much to love about Beverly. To enjoy the magnificent view while the sun is shining, the roof is open and the breeze flows in or on a winter’s day, completely encased by the glass walls sipping a cool drink — which, by the way, is a very cool thing to do.
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