The jury unanimously agreed Di Stasio Citta is the clear winner of the Premier Award from an outstanding field. It feels fresh, genuinely creative and is highly appropriate in terms of the theatricality of the dining experience. There exists a level of austerity to this project that’s cinematic in the way it allows one to understand the design’s concept and the way the space and its patrons work together. More impressively, its brave and bold approach also delivers a sense of intimacy despite the dynamism of the dining area, which results in a very personalized experience for patrons.
Theatre, art, drama, exchange and contribution to the street are all addressed in contemporary, interesting ways. In particular, the integration of artworks within the overall scheme and playful yet restrained stylings. One jury member celebrated its international appeal and thought the project wouldn’t look out of place in Milan, while all agreed it’s inherently sustainable because it feels like it will be here for a long time.
Opposite Melbourne’s treasury gardens – the “Milan end of Spring Street” – is the new location for Di Stasio. This art filled restaurant’s design was driven by instinct not fashion. Every surface is textural and hand finished, every piece of joinery and furniture customised to create a unique restaurant experience.