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Project: Inspired by Retro Train Stations

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Design: Lisa Schiffermuller and Liane Jarvie of Ellivo Architects
Project: The Whistle Dixie, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Staron Application
: Clad to bar front and benchtops
Staron Colour: Supreme Morning Sky

The winners of the Staron® Design Awards 2019, commercial category are Lisa Schiffermuller and Liane Jarvie of Ellivo Architects. They have been recognised for their design work at the The Whistle Dixie in Fortitude Valley, Queensland.

The Whistle Dixie Bar and Café sits on the ground floor of Aurizon's sleek 15-storey office building. In a playful nod to the building's main occupant, Australia's largest rail freight operator, trains were used as the design inspiration to this space.

The main counter and bar represents derailed carriages with train tracks hung above, a light box portraying the 'X' train stop sign that is seen in the front window, and the floors feature recycled timber sleepers that have been recessed into concrete.

Staron® Solid Surfaces in Supreme Morning Sky was specified for the main bar counter and clad vertically due to its flexibility, strength, stain resistancy and finish. The counter is one of the main features of the space, and Staron® was specified as it offered a durable surface that could be curved through thermoforming to create the design that was envisioned.

A design concept was created to manufacture the face of the bar to resemble the pattern found on some train carriages. The fabricator was able to router the surface of Staron® to create the pattern that was conceptualised. The end result is a unique and urban space, emulating the look and feel of a retro train and train station.

Staron® Fabrication by: Thermoform Fabricators
Shopfitter: Bencee Shopfitting & Construction

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