Grand Dūk set for Grosvenor Place piazza

Grand Dūk set for Grosvenor Place piazza
Grand Dūk set for Grosvenor Place piazza

Humphry + Edwards, the designers behind some of the country’s hottest restaurants, are now set to transform the western corner of the Grosvenor Place Piazza into an outdoor dining space.

It is as part of the building’s $20 million redevelopment.  

The Naked Duck’s new sister restaurant, called the Grand Dūk, moves into the new 125 square metre space next month -  the first of three new retail spaces for the Piazza.

Grand Dūk is designed by Humphry + Edwards (H&E) – the architects and interior designers behind venues like The Winery, Chiswick, The Glenmore Hotel and Opera Bar.  

H&E worked with Grosvenor Place’s architects, Harry Seidler & Associates on a design that merges and extends the modern architectural features of the iconic office tower, using specific architectural devices to maintain a translucent perimeter and offer a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor zones. 

Inside Grand Dūk, a suspended bottle display attached to a glass wall will add definition to the space, allowing light to filter through the bottles to create a sculptural mosaic of colour and light.  

“This sculptural form will conjure a warm feeling of being inside a nest,” said Chris Grinham, H&E Project architect who's ensured a fiddle leaf fig tree will sit in the outdoor area to complement the arboreal structure of the transparent glass rotunda.

There are still limited opportunities available within the North Plaza Piazza for lease, positioned at the gateway of what will be a rejuvenated George Street when the new light rail project is running in mid-2018.

Grosvenor Place has up to 5,000 workers on site, with an additional 3,000 joining the area when construction of 200 George Street is complete.  

City resident numbers are also growing rapidly with 35,000 residents proposed for the Circular Quay catchment by early 2016 – creating a new market for CBD dining outside of business hours, the co-owners of Grosvenor Place, DEXUS Property Group, Investa Office and Arcadia suggest.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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