Vue de Monde

Vue de Monde by Elenberg Fraser won the Sustainability Advancement Award at the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards.

Design statement

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.

Jury comment

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.

Products and materials

Metal finishes from Rimex Metals. Glazing by Viridian Glass. Timbers are local or sustainable. Marble and bluestone from Apex Stone. Tiles from Russel Cook metz, Classic Ceramics and Artedomus.
Acoustic wall panel from Woven Image.
Carpets from Whitecliffe Imports.
Dining room pendant lights by Emma Lashmar and Dean Phillips. Function room Frilled Neck Lizard Lights by Design Sense. Valenti Terra Sphere floor lamp. Architectural lighting from Concord Sylvania, Dean Phillips, ECC Lighting, JSB Lighting, Licht Design, Lighting Group, Lightmoves, Major Graphic Signs, Xenian, Zumtobel.
Tables and chairs by Ross Didier. Kangaroo skins over dining room tables by Captain of Industry – James Roberts and Theo Hassett. Lounge Furniture by Anthony Camm, from Camm Upholstery. Other fabrics from Laine Furnishings, Unique Fabrics and Textile Mania. Champagne and cheese trolleys by Arteveneta.
Ross White from Simsite.
Amenity hand wash basins, make up station, mirrors and the pissor by Joseph Licciardi. Basins by Caroma. Tapware from Streamline Products and Rogerseller.
Chef’s tables gold rush pebbles by Mark Douglass. Cutlery by Christofle.
The Cloud installation above bar is by artist Mikala Dwyer. Neon text artwork to dining room and wine cellar by artist Joseph Kosuth. Commissions by Anna Schwartz Gallery.


Design practice
Elenberg Fraser
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Callum Fraser, Adrian Coleiro, Kayoko Kubo, Aivars Kristens, Katherine Wheib, Linda Valentic, Suki Lam
Audiovisual Custom Sound
Builder Liquid Lines
Building surveyor MBAV (Master Builder Association of Victoria)
Electrical engineer O’Donnell Griffin (ODG)
Graphic design Designworks Melbourne
Kitchen consultant FCA (Foodservice Consultants Australia)
Kitchen contractor Atherton
Kitchen ventilated ceiling Phoeniks: Catering equipment
Landscaping Joost
Lighting Electrolight
Mechanical engineer A.G. Coombs
Project management Equiset
Vision and IT Spectrum IT
Site Details
Location Level 55, Rialto, 525 Collins Street ,  Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Urban
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 12 months
Construction 6 months
Category Hospitality, Interiors
Client name Vue de Monde


Awarded Project

Published online: 28 Apr 2012
Words: 2012 AIDA Awards Jury
Images: Dianna Snape


Artichoke, April 2012

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