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Chris Connell’s award-winning design for HERO ACMI

HERO ACMI the winning project in The Social Space at the 2021 INDE.Awards is a refined and pared back restaurant designed by Chris Connell Design.

Chris Connell’s award-winning design for HERO ACMI

Situated in Melbourne at ACMI in Federation Square, the interior concept was inspired by a 1967 Jacques Tati film entitled, Playtime. With unique dining zones under a uniform ceiling, this all-day casual restaurant reflects a cool interior aesthetic with art at its heart. A feature of the interior is the broad-stroke portraits, that line the walls, by Australian artist Australian Christina Zimpel. The portraits are of heroes from across the spectrum of art, music and film and these become the backdrop to the dining experience.

A colour palette of greys, whites and blues has been employed and the relaxed ambience presents as a place where patrons can relax at any time of the day and night. With seating for 150 inside and a further 100 outside, ACMI HERO is a place that can cater for a party or an intimate dinner for two.

There are various areas within the restaurant that cater for a variety requirement, such as a brushed stainless steel kiosk, reminiscent of the cinema kiosk, that can close completely when a formal setting is required. Or a chef’s table made of marble with a custom-designed linear pendant in bright orange overhead, as well as the more informal dry bar with leather and steel banquettes and full-height screens that help break the visual sight lines between the bar and formal dining area.

In all, HERO ACMI is a special place for socialising, meeting and dining. A place to meet for a coffee, a glass of wine or a three-course meal – all within the beautiful surrounds of a bespoke interior. As winner of The Social Space, it is a stand out.

Photography by Earl Carter

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