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Anthony Gill Architects to design food hall in Kengo Kuma’s Darling Exchange

Developer Lendlease has announced Sydney-based practice Anthony Gill Architects will design a food hall, which will be located on the ground floor of the under-construction Darling Exchange building designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates.

The food hall, to be known as Maker’s Dozen, will house 12 individual tenancies for a range of casual dining options from coffee and breakfast to drinks and desserts.

Anthony Gill Architects’ design will challenge the circular geometry of Kuma’s Darling Exchange building with a series of rectilinear boxes to house each tenant.

The boxes will create streets and laneways inside the building and become an extension of the public realm.

Each box will be clad in sliding steel doors which will allow them to transform between open and closed states.

“In closed mode, the individuality of the tenancies disappear and the boxes read as a carefully considered composition,” said Anthony Gill.

“Some tenancies spill out into the space as bread trolleys or service counters push out into the laneways and streets, while others invite customers in to select a bottle of wine or have a drink. This idea is fundamental to the concept and the idea of a market – once the doors are open this interaction between public and maker is what brings the space to life.”

The metal cladding will contrast with the porphyry rock cobbled floor.

The first six tenants have been confirmed, which range from a Japanese pasta restaurant to a quirky bar and bottleshop. The food hall will have capacity for 350 indoor and outdoor seats, from communal group tables to dedicated dining spaces for selected retailers.

The Darling Exchange is expected to be completed by mid 2019.

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