Di Stasio Citta conveys a thorough investigation of the history of the restaurant, its restaurateur and the hospitality culture of Melbourne. One gets the sense a genuinely rigorous design process has taken place and the result is a strong conceptual offering that’s original, brave and highly impactful. The jury was particularly impressed with the architects’ commitment to art as a design element and applauded the seamless integration of multiple significant artworks throughout the space.
Sustainability has been approached from the perspective of longevity, which is evident in the construction, and one jury member commented that you can imagine the restaurant being here in 50 years’ time. It’s fresh and exciting, dramatic and theatrical, with a memorable experiential quality that has immense appeal for patrons.
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.