Locations just don't come much better than the Willow Creek Vineyard's Bistro. Fact. With its sweeping views over the gently undulating vine-covered hills on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, Australia, the Salix Bistro has recently had a transformation. And the finished design by the Carr Design Group is just as incredible as the setting that hosts it.
Carr Design Group’s use of raw, natural materials, predominantly oak and stone, to frame the views is both rustic and honest. The building’s simple timber and glazed box façade covered by a solid mesh overlay and bold angular shapes add a modern element that add to, rather than detract, from the location by referencing the agricultural surroundings. Clean lines and a sense of simplicity and consistency allow the building to unobtrusively blend in with its incredible natural location. Add floor to ceiling glass windows offering unobstructed views of the great outdoors, and the indoors dining experience, is given a modern edge. And it is these subtle juxtapositions throughout the design that make drinking, dining and relaxing in the bistro such an optical and aesthetic treat.
Entering the building through the bold mesh entrance creates a sense of anticipation where the sleek interior space in which materials such as the oak walls, stone floors and the 10 metre long bluestone tasting bench are allowed to take second stage. The glass front bringing the vineyard almost into the bistro space, allows diners to look into the inner workings of the winery offering a 360 degree experience of the vineyard itself.
The Salix Bistro at the Willow Creek Vineyard is a great example of a design that not only makes the most of a stunning setting but creates a space that ensures for an unforgettable experience.