Vue de Monde by Elenberg Fraser won the Sustainability Advancement Award at the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards.
Vue de Monde explores the concept of the dining destination, moving beyond the clichés that dominate Australian tourism such as reef, rock and road to connect with the local landscape. The experience is connected with the local river estuary through references in the interior design to hunting, fishing and gazing across black pools of a billabong. The bar features a monolith of locally sourced rough black basalt, polished to a mirror finish. This billabong surface reflects the cloud structure above – an art installation by Michaela Dwyer. Pieces of eccentric furniture create a carnival atmosphere, a terrace is filled with the blackened timber forms of a burnt-off landscape and wet areas offer the ultimate estuarine experience: waterfalls of e-Water. The design, which takes into account environmental sustainability principles, includes Australian timber, fur, veneers and furniture, all custom made by Australian designers. LED lights, low-energy-consumption appliances, a ventilated ceiling, up-cycled cutlery, recycled tiles and effective waste recycling also contribute to environmental sustainability.
Vue de Monde incorporates a comprehensive range of sustainable features that deal with energy, water, materiality and products. In particular, the formal intent to implement sustainable strategies for food waste and for local furniture design procurement are to be applauded. The myriad environmental aspects within this project are completely and seamlessly embedded in the interior design. The project redefines sustainable interior design.
This project also won the Hopitality category.