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Otherworldliness at Lightyears by Zwei Interiors Architecture

Zwei Interiors Architecture has looked to the universe for inspiration in a local Melbourne eatery, Lightyears. And the result is subtle and sophisticated.

Dark endless expanse, twinkles of light and space travel – the wonders of the universe have served as a point of inspiration for a new hospitality spot in Melbourne. The team at Zwei Interiors Architecture brought extensive expertise to the project with several successful hospitality spaces to their name already, including Code Black Coffee.

For Lightyears, the existing building was used as a solid background to build upon. The fit-out embraces the raw industrialness of the building’s shell but continues to add layer upon layer in reference to the theme. Formed concrete and grey natural stone provide a reference to moonscapes, while the exposed ducting feels decidedly spacesuit-like.

Concrete and grey natural stone provides a reference to moonscapes.

The inspiration is not merely derivative or overly thematic, however, as the careful selection of furniture and finishes add an elevated level of sophistication.

Matte black finishes on the furniture add to the mood but still feel refined. Overhead circular lighting features feel contemporary while giving a subtle nod to orbital orreries (planetary mobiles).

Lightyears by Zwei Architecture

The circular overhead lighting gives a reference to orreries (solar system mobiles).

In addition, Rev stools designed by Adam Cornish for NAU give a subtle nod to 60s-era space-age charm. Adding some warmth to the otherwise dark and cool palette, a yellow-tinged film has been added in various spots to bring in ambient tones.

For the clients, it was important that the space meet programmatic requirements, but they were open to conceptual ideas.

“The client was very clear about the functional requirements of the outlet, but encouraged an exploration of design concepts and both challenged and embraced the design narrative,” says Katherine Kemp, Principal of Zwei.

Looking for more hospitality inspo? Check out the Woods Bagot office that borrows generously from hospitality principles.

Photography by Tom Blachford.

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