Located on the esteemed culinary strip that is present day Flinders Lane, Nomad Melbourne is found on the lower ground floor of the iconic Adelphi Hotel. The position of the restaurant within the city is testament to client’s ambition to create a restaurant with a focus on locality; through both produce and place. Appearing rather inconspicuously from the lane, the restaurant is accessed by a staircase down off the Lane affording patrons a sense of discovery - a celebrated aspect of Melbourne’s epicurean culture.
Conceptually, the restaurant was approached with a similar restraint to the products of Nomad’s kitchen. Superfluous materials left over from the previous tenancy were removed to reveal the sequence of concrete columns and beams from 1938 that define the spatial experience of the restaurant. Around this structure, a variety of dining situations are planned to allow for a multiplicity of experiences at the venue. Subtle nuances, such as the profile of the entry door handle, use of grided tiles and steel wall cladding, provide a textural and haptic continuity with the history of the building.
Clare Cousins, Timothy Mettam, Brett Wittingslow