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Duende Restaurant | Interior Design by Neil Cownie Architect | Duende in Leederville
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Duende Restaurant - Interior Design

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Duende is a tapas bar and restaurant in central Leederville. I designed the overall building and also had the opportunity to complete the restaurant fit out. My client had a lot of experience in hospitality and was very successful. He and I worked together on the design for Duende.

The form of the building and the converging streets and street corner influenced the internal layout.

The building has a rounded triangle shape at the front.

We resolved that the bar area should be central. This allowed for two separate zones of seating and seating areas around this central, pivotal bar.

The restaurant takes on the shape of the triangular meeting of the streets outside. From the corner we introduced a custom designed steel chandelier with lighting.

Which reinforces the central pivotal nature of the site and the position of the corner of the bar off the side. We used warm materials that would be left to age and weather and have an age patina to them. Then there is a lightness to the central bar area and suspended shelving.

The kitchen is exposed in a slot at the back so you can see the chefs at work. There is a connect to what they are doing. Doors that would open on all 3 sides and connect the internal areas of the bar to the street.

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With more than 30 years experience as an architect, Neil Cownie has reached an enviable point in his career. In 2009, he established his own firm so he could focus on projects that bring him – and his clients – delight and joy.

Neil weaves together various influences – referencing the environment and site conditions; drawing inspiration from historical precedents and the latest innovations; a deep understanding of how people and spaces function; and his love of textural materials and hand crafted elements – to create residential, commercial and hospitality spaces that can be experienced through all five senses.

From large-scale master-planning down to the intricate details that elevate each project beyond the everyday, Neil brings wisdom and experience to his practice. He maintains close connections with his clients throughout the life of each project, to ensure the final outcome exceeds their expectations while remaining within budget.

In the earlier part of his career, Neil worked as a director at a major Perth firm, where he was responsible for a range of project types including houses, interiors, multi-unit residences, commercial buildings, hospitality and mixed use developments, many of them award-winning.

Now, he combines his passion for design in all its forms – architecture, landscape, furniture, lighting and objects – with his clients’ aspirations to realise their dreams in built form, always aiming to create timeless buildings that will endure.