Melbourne, Australia
Izakaya Enterprises
Project 2011 – 2012

Hihou is located opposite Treasury Gardens in Melbourne’s central business district but the bar’s design transports patrons to the city of Tokyo in Japan.

The anonymous entry on Flinders Lane, with no signage and just an intercom at the door, further enhances patrons’ sense of being transported to another city.

Inside the venue, sliding screens are used to create flexible planning.  A minimalistic corridor guides patrons to the bar on the first floor.  The bar space is designed with a timber chandelier which doubles as a wine rack and a screen.

A feature wall is created with timber battens arranged into a three-dimensional piece of artwork with bottles and glasses displayed in between the battens, adding another dimension.


2013 Eat-Drink-Design Awards - Winner Best Bar Design