Tucked away behind Guy Grossi’s restaurant empire on Bourke Street, Arlechin functions as a wine cellar while incorporating a flexible space that can function as a bar or a 20 person dinner table for private functions.

Adjustable tables, lights and fold down joinery become part of the aesthetic as there is no furniture storage space. The vaulted cork form is driven by a desire to get a sense of volume within the low space, and is also a strategy to accommodate extensive ductwork required to regulate temperature in the wine cellar. The steel racks and stained glass are custom built to not only store but to celebrate the wine.

Mark Chew