Eatery Takes Sydney’s Urban Culture Underground

Misschu underground

The interior design and architecture sectors in Sydney are facing a challenge that comes with a changing populace. The city itself has an identity all its own, from its sprawling beaches to its highly built up CBD, with is one area that industry and society members alike feel needs work.

Both parties would like to see steps taken to facilitate the growth of the city’s urban culture. The challenge comes in catering to the needs of a growing culture that is keen to remove itself from the Kings Cross madness and inner city monotony.

In order to go beyond the norm and design where no one in the city has designed before, developers, architects and interior designers are choosing locations off the beaten track.

Following the success of Melbourne’s iconic laneway nightlife in bolstering the city’s built aesthetic and in creating a healthy nightlife culture, Sydney industry members have taken the focus off the major hubs and are moving to far more secluded positions in order to carve out a new spot for the growing majority of Sydney-siders shying away from flashy leisure spots.

Misschu underground

While laneway developments have been a success in the city, one development is demonstrating that getting beneath the action can be even more beneficial than being in the middle of it.

Misschu Underground is a Vietnamese tuck shop that lies beneath the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s major George Street. Designed by Kano Hollamby, the laid back eatery has been designed to ‘create a sense of space’ according to owner Najhi Chu.

This included moving away from food-court stylings.

“Despite Misschu Underground’s mall location, we didn’t want to mimic food-court design,” says Chu.

Misschu underground

Instead the design team has developed an incredibly modern space that is eclectic in its use of furnishings – from a plywood topped ironing board table to shuttlecock decorative lights – and clever in its use of location.

In digging out a niche for Sydney’s culture, designers will have to go beyond the norms and find new ways of presenting spaces. With the success of Misschu Underground, it seems there are solutions if one only digs deep enough.

By Jane Parkins
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